Wednesday, 1 April 2015
A is for Amersfoort
Medieval buildings have always been fascinating for me. I can almost feel the history they contain and I imagine what life must have been like in those days long ago. The Koppelpoort in Amersfoort is one I'd love to visit and because it's not so very far away, maybe I will one day.
Amersfoort is a very old city in the Netherlands just over 750 years old. The Kloppelpoort is part of the second city wall built in the 14th century when the city outgrew the original city walls.
The Kloppelpoort is both a land and water gate which was opened each morning and closed each evening. Inside the building is a huge wooden wheel, a treadmill, which had to be turned to open or close the gate. At least twelve people had to be found to walk around it, dangerous work because when the gate was lowered the wheel accelerated. It often resulted in broken limbs or worse.
This is my first ever attempt at A-Z blogging. After quite a long pause, I just hope I can keep up the pace. :)