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Ground plans for a town gate of Willemstad


Ground plans for a town gate of Willemstad

Esdré, Godfried Carel

Title Leupe: Project van een kruidmagazijn a le'preuve du bombe enz.

This design from 1754 for a new town gate on the eastern side of the enlarged Willemstad crowns the plans conceived by Willem Meijer in 1746 to move the town wall further east from Fort Amsterdam than originally thought safe. The distance of the town from the fort required a wall and gate which could be defended on its own. These ground plans shows how lodges, curtain walls and stairs can ensure this. An earlier version of this gate appeared on the map of the general of infantry Van Burmania (see VEL1452) on which it is indicated with the letter (W) behind the ravelin.

Also see VEL1480, which shows the corresponding views of the facades.

Scale-bar of 5 Rhineland rod = 60 ‘strepen’.

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