The Munttoren ("Mint Tower") or Munt is a tower in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It stands on the busy Muntplein square, near the flower market and the start of the Kalverstraat shopping street, where the Amstel river and the Singel canal meet.
The tower was originally part of the Regulierspoort, one of the main gates in Amsterdam's medieval city wall. The gate, built in the years 1480-1487, consisted of two towers and a guard house.
After the gate went up in flames in a 1618 fire, only the guard house and part of the western tower remained standing. The tower was then rebuilt in Amsterdam Renaissance style in 1619-1620, with an eight-sided top half and elegant open spire designed by Hendrick de Keyser, featuring a clockwork with four clockfaces and a carillon of bells.
The carillon was made in 1668 by Pieter Hemony, who added new bells to the instrument that he and his brother François had made earlier for the tower of the Amsterdam stock exchange in 1651. In 1873, the original baton keyboard was removed from the carillon, in favor of changes to the clockwork mechanism. In 1960 a manual playing system and a manual baton keyboard was re-installed. Some of the original smaller Hemony bells have been damaged over the years and have been replaced by new bells in 1959 and 1993. The original smaller Hemony bells are now on display in the Amsterdam Historical Museum. The current carillon consists of 38 bells (2 more than the original carillon had). A mechanism causes the bells to chime every quarter of an hour. On Saturdays, between 2 and 3 p.m., Gideon Bodden, the Amsterdam city carillonneur gives a live concert on the bells.
The name of the tower refers to the fact that it was used to mint coins in the 17th Century. In the Rampjaar ("disastrous year") of 1672, when both England and France declared war on the Dutch Republic and French troops occupied much of the country, silver and gold could no longer be safely transported to Dordrecht and Enkhuizen (where coins were normally minted), so the guard house of the Munttoren was temporarily used to mint coin.
Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The city, which had a population of 747,290 on 1 January 2008, comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the 6th-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of around 6.7 million.
Its name is derived from Amstel dam,indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel where the Dam Square is today. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded and many new neighbourhoods and suburbs were formed. (Source: Amsterdam.info & wikipedia)
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snunney (103327) 2009-03-16 2:42
Bicycles, bicycles everywhere! Great perspective along the canal. The lovely ambient light brings out the detail in the architecture to best advantage. Well done.
serp2000 (45072) 2009-03-16 2:43
Fine shot of familiar city, excellent POV, great colours and interesting note!
Best wishes from West Ural,
asajernigan (21427) 2009-03-16 2:43
This is a well composed shot! The use of the canal to lead the eye through the shot works well. The angle of the shot works well helping to create depth and direction. The lighting and colors are fine with nice sharpness and detail. The row of bicycles let us know that this is definitely Amsterdam.
rodgerg (55767) 2009-03-16 3:07
A nice typische view of this beautiful city with the famous bicycle and a greta ptrospect along the canal. An image full of life and rich in details very well collected.
Have a good week,
besnard (56798) 2009-03-16 3:14
Un joli cliché avec cet immeuble rouge à l'architecture intéressante et l'incroyable rassemblement de bicyclettes qui font la renommée du pays.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
macondo (19756) 2009-03-16 3:16
Well chosen point to take this shot, giving us a strong perspective view. The buildings have so much colour and make strong verticals in this composition. Lovely light and colour and pleasing square proportions. I love that tremendous array of bicycles by the canal.
alibasarir (15580) 2009-03-16 3:21
çok güzel bir bakış açısı olmuş.özellikle sol köşede yer alan binanın rengi göze hoş görünüyor.ayrıca ışık ve keskin detaylarda mükemmel elinize sağlık.
npecanhuk (75736) 2009-03-16 3:22
Excellent viewpoint and composition!
Sharpness is very good! Exposure is correct! Colors are naturally beautiful! I really like seeing that beautiful architecture, typically dutch and the detail of the canal, boats and bikes! Pretty eye-catching and truly beautiful!
TFS - Congratulations!
jhm (156580) 2009-03-16 3:46
Netherlands a real bike country, the a lot bikes show here a nice perpective.
Also very nice fronts to the left, and tower in background
The details are beautiful, excellent shot.
Very well done, TFS.
paura (47186) 2009-03-16 9:26
Amazing the amount of bikes there, friend.
I think also that cars also have problem to road in that small and beautiful streets. Vey nice photo!
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-03-16 10:39
Very nice city view with great architecture and crazy bicycles,
ymrk (15085) 2009-03-16 11:09
Excellent sharpen with splendid management of that graphical views!Very well POV,very attractive perspective!
Have a nice day,my friend!
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-03-16 12:28
Wonderful perspectiveon these beautiful frontages.
I like a lot the result,
Have a nice day,
xavshot (69835) 2009-03-16 13:44
une très belle perspective sur ces quais d'Amsterdam et une belle utilisation de la lumière pour rendre ces façades colorés. Bravo.
berek (50506) 2009-03-16 13:50
impressive perspective from Amsterdam . its lovely city. your composition and sharpness is great. have a nice week.
danyy (0) 2009-03-16 15:49
ce quai est vraiment un musée du vélo. Une vue 100% caractéritique d'une des plus jolies capitales d'Europe, qui a su garder son charme d'antan sans s'envahir de trop de modernisme, du moins dans certains quartiers.
Excellents POV et cadrage.
ifanik (21679) 2009-03-16 15:58
Another beautiful photo from you my friend
Nice POV and colours
ChrisJ (116676) 2009-03-16 19:22
The sides of the canal add superb diminishing linear perspective. Good colour & sharpness & nice repetition of the bicycles. I like the red vs blue-grey colour contrast. Tfs!
jjcordier (79297) 2009-03-16 22:57
Beaucoup de symboles d'Amsterdam sur cette photo! Le rouge des façades ajoute de la lumière à l'image (le temps semble un peu couvert?) et contraste superbement avec le reste de l'image conduisant notre regard vers la tour. Un cadrarge tout en hauteur bien choisi.
leo61 (0) 2009-03-16 23:23
A nice shot from this wonderful city.Great depth and good light.I like these many bycicles,especially this one hanging over the balustrade.
Graal (103036) 2009-03-17 0:37
Jó napot George,
nice view, amazing fow of bicycles by canal. Good quality of photo and interesting note. Solid work.
carper (96) 2009-03-17 10:29
very nice photo here George.
the point of view is good, the contrast and the details are nice a good balance in the shot, very good photo job here.
bobocortis (16026) 2009-03-17 11:59
What some beautiful colors in these buildings.
The reflections are wonderful and the series of parked bycicles simply great!
JCG (35129) 2009-03-19 4:08
I see on the left a bicycle who will finish his life in the channel soon !!! A beautiful and typical view on the chanels of Amsterdam and its colorful frontages. I love the depth of the image. Nice and interesting look, thank you for the note George.
With all my friendships and a very good day,
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-03-19 6:05
Fine view to Munttoren with so many bicycles in the street.
Lovely atmosphere and great architecture details
TFs and have a nice day
Angelillo (9374) 2009-03-22 14:21
Very nice perspective and colors. I like the composition, enhancing the diagonal line and creating a big depth!
ikeharel (74799) 2010-05-26 21:12
Your notes are very interesting, at all times, I like to read them.
This pic. is a very typical to Amsterdam's known location, well taken as usual with it's marvelouse architecture.
Have a nice day,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-16 2:18
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