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Amsterdamse Poort, Haarlem

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The Amsterdamse Poort is an old city gate of Haarlem, Netherlands. It is located at the end of the old route from Amsterdam to Haarlem and the only gate left from the original twelve city gates.HistoryIt was created in 1355 and is the only remaining city gate from the defenses of Haarlem. Until the 17th century it was the city gate used for traffic by land eastwards towards Spaarnwoude over the Laeghe weg (now Oude weg). In 1631 the Haarlemmertrekvaart was dug, which shortened the waterway from Haarlem to Amsterdam considerably. Until that time, boats bound for Amsterdam did not pass here, but traveled up the Spaarne river to pass the small sluice gate at Spaarndam, in order to reach the IJ. Coaches traveling by land to Amsterdam did leave this gate over the Oude Weg to the Liede, where they would cross at Penningsveer (a ferry for a penny), to Spaarnwoude and from there, journey onwards along the old IJdijk to Amsterdam.This gate, for those travelling by land, was called the Spaarnwouderpoort. With the new canal and its towpath, the trip was so short, it became much more popular, since it was now possible to travel back and forth to Amsterdam on the same day. Thus the name of the gate changed to Amsterdamse Poort.In 1865 the city government wanted to demolish the gate. A speedy procedure to put down the gate was requested, as the gate was in pretty bad shape and was blocking the construction of a new bridge on the location just in front of the gate. However, there was not enough money at the moment to construct a new bridge, so the city council agreed to provide funds for a short-term renovation of the gate to make sure it would stay up for two or three more years.
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  • Yes, I do agree that with the right angle the photo with this construction might look interesting, but actually there is nothing special about this building that attract my attention. Having in mind t...  more »
  • The Amsterdamse Poort was once the entry to the city located on the Amsterdam side of Haarlem. It is the only one still around from a total of 12 gates. This one originates from around 1400. This entr...  more »
  • I decided to visit itand stop for 10 minutes to enjoy the scenery and have a coffee. When returning to the car I had the surprise of a traffic ticket. I know your city its rules but I had to pay 65 eu...  more »
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  • We used to have eleven more of these, but this is the last one. Called amsterdamse poort because it faces Amsterdam. I'm pretty sure someone lives here. And there is a hidden passageway underneath...
  • Nicely preserved, but nothing special around the area.
  • A castle-like old landmark of the city. Very well preserved.
  • The last remaining "poort" gate from the fence of the old city (center) of Haarlem. A must see if visiting the city
  • It's nice, but a bit isolated