Montelbaanstoren built in 1512. The addition of a decorative spire and clock in 1606. Oude Schans Canal.

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Comments (18)

♥♥TRIKER12 on November 15, 2011

Fantastic historical quip, thanks for the 'time'

Leo Roundtree on November 15, 2011

Perfect composition, Amelia. The clocktower being on the water as it is is reminiscent of a lighthouse.


Warm regards, Leo

Haggs on November 15, 2011

Beautifully seen and captured against the grey sky`s Like

Amelia Royan on November 16, 2011

Pleased that you liked the history here Bonnie Lad. The builders seemed to have a bit of difficultly in getting the clock and spire vertical - but there you are. I like a bit of imperfection, just as well :)))

Ca canny noo!

Amelia Royan on November 16, 2011

Hello dear Leo, this is just one of just a few remaining sections of the city wall. It housed Amsterdam's military guards protecting the city. Today it is Amsterdam's Department of Sewage and Water Management. :)) How the mighty have fallen.

Thank you for the visit, and also for the 'like'.

warm wishes, Amelia

Amelia Royan on November 16, 2011

Many thanks Haggs. that's an excellent compliment - I don't think the photo deserves it! The clock was nicknamed "Silly Jack" because the clock's bells were rather unreliable and rang at strange times of the day or wouldn't ring at all for days on end.

Cheers, Amelia

I often wonder if anyone reads my replies ;)

B. Pejchinov on November 17, 2011

Beautiful! Like-3. Greetings, Blagoj

Paul Strasser on November 21, 2011

Great shot Amelia.

I'm always on the look out whenever I see a picture of this tower. The houses on the far left are on the Kalkmarkt. Three doors up - out of shot of course - is number 7 and that is where my great-great Strasser grandparents lived. You've tread in many of my family's footsteps, including mine, by standing where you did :-)

Cheers, Paul

Amelia Royan on November 22, 2011

Good morning dear Jac & Willy, thank you. We had a lovely 2 days in Amsterdam, and the sun did shine occasionally. I might post a couple of photos to prove it! I think the city looks good in rainy weather :)))

Groetjes, Amelia

Amelia Royan on November 22, 2011

Hello Blago, and thank you. I really appreciate your visit and kind comment.

Greetings from Norway, Amelia

Amelia Royan on November 22, 2011

Hi there again Paul, it's always good to get a piece of family history - makes a photo have more meaning I think. So I have trodden in the Strasser family footsteps? It's a pity that some of your talent for architectural photos hasn't rubbed off on me :))

When did you leave The Netherlands?

Cheers, Amelia

Paul Strasser on November 22, 2011

When I was a wee lad of 9 Amelia. That was a very long time ago :-) But I have been back on several occasions.

I wouldn't worry if I were you. I think many of your talents surpass mine; your ease with repartee and your self deprecating-humour are a couple I'm envious of :-)

Cheers, Paul

Joli Harsányi on November 23, 2011

This is a great photo of the old tower! Very liked. L-5 Best wishes! Joli

Amelia Royan on November 24, 2011

They dragged me, kicking and screaming, away from Scotland when I was 12 Paul, and I'd still like to live there! :-)

Amelia Royan on November 24, 2011

Good morning dear Joli, many thanks, as always for your visit and praise. It's a pity the sun wasn't shining here, but I'm glad you liked the view.

Hugs, Amelia

T NL on December 8, 2011

Aha, Amelia in Amsterdam! Very nice, hope you had a good time. :) Nice composition with the modern bridge 'towers' and the old tower in between.

Cheers, Tomas

Amelia Royan on December 8, 2011

Good morning Tomas, yes we really enjoyed our couple of days in the city. The weather was variable, but we had good clothing :))

Groetjes, Amelia

mg1744 on April 19, 2015

Sometimes "grey and cloudy" can be a positive as you have very dramatic sky as a backdrop here. Also, like the framing with the two bridge abutments; overall a very nice composition.

Greetings from Colorado, Mark

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Photo taken in Nieuwmarkt en Lastage, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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    by Amelia Royan
    • Taken on 2011/10/08 13:33:39
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