Sunday, October 9, 2016

Waterpoort in Sneek, Netherlands Souvenir Building

This replica of the Waterpoort in Sneek, Netherlands (Holland) is pewter on a marble base.  A Waterpoort or Hoogendster Pijp is a gate in a defensive wall that connects a city to a waterway. In the 15th and 16th century, a defensive wall was built around the town of Sneek. The city lay on the important trade route between Leeuwarden and Stavoren, from which the rich western parts of the Netherlands (now North Holland and South Holland) could be reached. To facilitate this trade, a new harbor called the "Kolk" was built to the southwest of the city and in 1613 the Waterpoort was erected to connect city and harbor. It formed part of the city walls, but when large parts of these were demolished in the early 18th century, it was decided to leave the Waterpoort intact. The style of the gate, now the symbol of Sneek, can be described as Manierist. Above the gate itself, which originally would have had wooden fences, is a loggia (gallery) and above that are what were the quarters of the gatekeeper. On each side is an octagonal tower. 

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