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Nederland - Amersfoort, Koppelpoort

Nederland - Amersfoort, Koppelpoort
The Koppelpoort is a medieval gate - part of the second city wall of Amersfoort - which was built between 1380 and 1425. It combines a land and water-gate, which is unique in the Netherlands. The gate was attacked in 1427 during the siege of the city, but was repelled. The name Koppelpoort refers to an area outside the gate, which was called De Koppel. Travellers could be allowed or refused to enter through this combined gate, even if they were travelling over water. In addition, the water levels in the inner city could be regulated with it.

In the past, the city gate had to be opened and closed daily to protect the city. The gate could be set in motion by means of a treadmill. This task was performed by twelve prisoners, who were called the raddraaiers (wheel turners). The men had to walk in a large wooden wheel at the same pace to get the gate moving. It was not a harmless job; when one man got out of step, he ran the risk of falling and dragging the rest of the wheel turners. In the front of the gate a wooden extension is visible, the so-called mezenkouw (tit cage). From this cage, attackers could be harassed with hot oil or malt when they came too close to the water gate.

The Koppelpoort did get its current appearance during the restoration by well known Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers in 1885 and 1886. The latest restoration was completed in 1996. Nowadays the Koppelpoort is one of the eye catchers of Amersfoort.

Günter Klaus, sunlight, Misou 49, Schussentäler and 75 other people have particularly liked this photo

69 comments - The latest ones
 Stephan Fey
Stephan Fey club
Eine wunderschöne und so gut erhaltene Stadtmauer!
8 weeks ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image, wonderful reflections - HFF Jaap, Have a nice weekend.
8 weeks ago.
 Walter 7.8.1956
Walter 7.8.1956 club
Wunderschöne Bilder Jaap.
Wünsche ein schönes Wochenende!
8 weeks ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
8 weeks ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Great trip into the Middle-Ages!!!!!!!
8 weeks ago.
neira-Dan club
Magnifique ensemble médiéval
8 weeks ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Superbes images !
HFF et Bon weekend. Amitiés
8 weeks ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Superbe image et réflection !
8 weeks ago.
Berny club
Wunderschöne Anlage!
HFF, Jaap!
8 weeks ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
super série ! bravo***********************
beau vendredi mon ami♫
8 weeks ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Impeccable et excellemment rendue.
HFF et bon week-end salutaire.
8 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
A superb series of this beautiful place.
HFF Jaap and wish you a good weekend.
8 weeks ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
As always Jaap'.... brilliant photo's and information... Keep well and a ''HFF'' to you - from Dj.
8 weeks ago.
 Patrick Brandy
Patrick Brandy club
C'est très beau merci pour le commentaire bonne journée
8 weeks ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
prachtige serie Jaap, HFF!
8 weeks ago.
Annaig56 club
très belle série et intéressant commentaire,, vous etes comme chez nous vous avec aussi ces maudites algues vertes,,, bonne fin de semaine merci de votre visite,
8 weeks ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Superb set of images and the usual great notes Jaap
HFF and a good weekend.
8 weeks ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Wonderful collection Jaap, all very nicely composed shots. Thanks for the notes.

HFF and enjoy your weekend
8 weeks ago.
Charlotte club
Schöne Spiegelung und tolles Foto - ein wunderschönes Wochenende, Jaap!
8 weeks ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Stunning serie, Jaap!
8 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
A superb series of images and interesting, - and eye-watering- history. I can hardly imagine how hard it was for the prisoners turning the wheel. They must have welcomed a quiet day with no visitors. It is beautiful there though. I love the reflections.

HFF and a good weekend to you
8 weeks ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
A beautiful series!
HFF and a nice weekend, Jaap!
8 weeks ago.
tiabunna club
A fascinating series and interesting information, Jaap. HFF and best wishes for the weekend.
8 weeks ago.
gezginruh club
A very beautiful place and images,Jaap!

HFF and have a nice weekend! Stay safe.

Best wishes
8 weeks ago.
Zulma club
HFF to you too Jaap!!
8 weeks ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
I always like the history lessons and the extra shot this I believe what HFF is all about for the rest of the world. enjoy you coming weekend.
8 weeks ago.
Dinesh club
A historic, classic -- hard to believe that once people lived in these settings. Were they happier than other ordinary folks? I wonder

HFF Best wishes
8 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Very beautiful with the reflections. An impressive place, Jaap ! HFF !
8 weeks ago.
RHH club
What an interesting and unusual place and, as usual, a wonderful photo.
8 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A fascinating series Jaap...............and an interesting narrative. I am impressed by the eco-friendly use of prisoners to work the gate mechanism :-))

The gates and wall must have been quite a formidable sight in medieval times, but looks beautiful now!

Enjoy the rest of your day..............and have a lovely weekend.
8 weeks ago.
Anji. club
Une magnifique série !
8 weeks ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
jolie photo et interessante explication
8 weeks ago.
 Eva Wiren
Eva Wiren club
Wonderful series of pictures Have a nice healthy weekend
8 weeks ago.
TOZ club
Another great building Jaap.
HFF have a great weekend.
8 weeks ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Wonderful capture.
Have a good weekend my friend.
8 weeks ago.
 Edna Edenkoben
Edna Edenkoben club
Beautiful reflections. We had the same idea!

HFF, Jaap, and have a good weekend!
8 weeks ago.
 Erika Akire
Erika Akire club
...a nice series, Jaap...
8 weeks ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Sehr gute Aufnahmen Jaap!
8 weeks ago.
 Weard Bültena
Weard Bültena club
klasse Aufnahmen und eine sehr interessante Geschichte.
8 weeks ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Charged with history and still a very imposing place.
I alaways wonder how you keep things this clean and proper and how you take pictures of them without unwanted intervention of public and surprises.
Maybe you go in the early hours, this is what I do.
Thank you for the note, again.
8 weeks ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to J. Gafarot club
I visit all monuments etc. at normal times. When photographing without people, I sometimes take all the time I need.
8 weeks ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
HFF-Jaap Mooi Daar
8 weeks ago.
cammino club
Very beautiful castle!
8 weeks ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
Une belle porte dans ses beaux remparts qui annoncent un superbe village !! Bon WE.
8 weeks ago.
trester88 club
Sehr schöne Gebäude und eine tolle Spiegelung, Jaap!
HFF und ein schönes Wochenende!
8 weeks ago.
Valfal club
What an interesting series, Jaap! Thank you for providing the back history of this village. HFF!
8 weeks ago.
Ruebenkraut club
HFF Jaap
8 weeks ago.
Esther club
Fascinating history. Happy Fence Friday!
8 weeks ago.
RHH club
Thanks for your visits, Jaap.
8 weeks ago.
 Denis Croissant
Denis Croissant club
Excellent series Jaap, true eyecatchers in this very attractive city!
8 weeks ago.
WiePet club
Eine beeindruckende Anlage, schön aufgenommen mit der Spiegelung!
8 weeks ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
More evidence of Hollands wealthy past. A fine architectural capture here despite rather lack-lustre weather. Thanks for the extra info too Jaap.

Well done.

Belated HFF, enjoy the rest of the weekend.
8 weeks ago.
grobi358 club
Schöne Serie Jaap! Sehr romantisch! Ein schönes Wochenende wünsche ich Dir!
8 weeks ago.
 Sylvie Coeffic
Sylvie Coeffic club
Superbe !
8 weeks ago.
 Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours club
Wow, an architectural ensemble indeed totally eye-catching, and so beautifully restored.
The work of these prisoners was like that of hamsters, and worthy of the galleys...
Great series and description, Jaap.
8 weeks ago.
MaggsMep club
Beautiful series (again) Jaap.

I'm going to go through your photo stream and make an itinerary to follow when I can travel again - I'm serious; and I shall end up just over the border in Nordhorn visiting my close Dutch friends.
8 weeks ago.
RHH club
Have a good day and a good new week.
8 weeks ago.
micritter club
Wonderful photos of beautiful architecture. I especially enjoyed the excellent photos of church interiors.
8 weeks ago.
 Vicente López García
Vicente López García club
Preciosa arquitectura.
8 weeks ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
Die Toranlage ist wirklich ein Blickfang. Gefällt mir sehr. Sehr schön präsentiert.
8 weeks ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Remarkable medieval gate! Belated HFF, Jaap!
8 weeks ago.
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
8 weeks ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Impressive city wall Jaap. Excellent series and narrative.
8 weeks ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
amazing old fortress, great reportage !
8 weeks ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
This is lovely work, Jaap. What a wonderful set of architectural gems!
Happy and healthy Tuesday to you.
8 weeks ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Great shots and a beautiful medieval impression.
7 weeks ago.
 Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport club
Bien photographiée Jaap .
7 weeks ago.
 Andrea Ertl
Andrea Ertl
Wunderschöne Spiegelung.
6 weeks ago.
 Günter Klaus
Günter Klaus club
........herrlich schaut das im Vollbild aus lieber Jaap und deine Aufnahme ist echt klasse wieder,auch spiegelt es sich interessant:))

......wünsche noch einen schönen Abend,ganz liebe Grüße Güni:))
3 weeks ago.

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