By Luc de Schepper
The Koppelpoort is a medieval gate in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, province of Utrecht. Completed around 1425, it combines land and water-gates, and is part of the second city wall of Amersfoort, which was constructed between 1380 and 1450.
The gate was built between 1380 and 1425 as part of the second city wall. The whole wall was completed around 1450. The gate was attacked in 1427 during the siege of the city. This attack was repelled.
The gate was opened and closed every day by the appointed raddraaiers, "wheel-turners". A minimum of twelve wheel-turners were collected morning and evening by several guards. It was an extremely dangerous task; if they did not begin walking simultaneously, then one could fall, dragging the rest along with often fatal results. Before the gate could come down, it had to be raised, to pull out the iron pins that held it in place. Only then could it come down. While the gate was going down, walking in the wheel grew ever easier and faster, and many people stumbled and broke their limbs. The koppelpoort was also never breached.
The Koppelpoort was given its current appearance during the restoration by Pierre Cuypers in 1885 and 1886. Among other things, Cuypers removed a step between the two gates and replaced it with a slope.
From 1969 to 1993 a puppet theater was situated in the gate.
The latest restoration was completed in 1996. It was carried out very cautiously, and with respect for the old building materials. For this the town of Amersfoort received the Europa Nostra Award.
By Luc de Schepper
Yesterday I went to Amsterdam to visit the NDSM quarter at the Northern part of the city. This part of town was for years neglected and became a hot-spot for the alternative scene. More info on the NDSM quarter NDSM
Now it's rediscovered especially by young people as a hip and trendy place for living and relaxing. I think it's a lot more interesting than the old centre of Amsterdam which is being flooded with an overload of Airbnb tourists.
I shot a series of images, all with my vintage (introduced in 2010) Fuji X100, the original version. All images are post processed from in-camera Astia Jpegs (I love Fuji colours!).
1. The ferry arrives from Central Station to the NDSM quarter.
2. Giant wall art image of Anne Frank by Brasilian artist Eduardo Kobra
3. NDSM quarter
4. A tribute to former and beloved mayor Eberhard van der Laan of Amsterdam who died of cancer in 2017
5. NDSM guarter
6. Old tram
9. Terrace with spa
10. Lots of nice street art
11. Crane Hotel Faralda, an old crane converted to expensive hotel suites and a bubble bath on top with a fantastic view on the city
12. Art City NDSM
13. Art City NDSM
14. Original detail in the Art City NDSM building (they used to built large ships here)
15. Units for artists at Art City NDSM
16. A tribute to the history of the building
17. What would Amsterdam be without the tourist cliche of a peepshow?
18. People enjoying the February sun at restaurant/bar "Hangar"
19. Just around the corner this characteristic building "Op Zeezand"
20. And back to the other side of the river IJ with this ferry