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De Schreierstoren, Amsterdam

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Open Hours: Mo to Th from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM,Fr to Sa from 10:00 AM to 02:30 PM,Su from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
At the head of the Geldersekade and alongside the Prins Hendrikkade stands the Schreierstoren. This massive semicircular brick tower is a left-over from the medieval town ramparts. As the story goes, the sailor's wives stood there weeping over their men sailing for the East, hence its name of the Weeper's Tower. A more rational explanation for the tower's name is the appearance of the words 't Scrayhoeck and Scrayhorn in old texts describing the location of the tower, which was almost in the waters of river IJ that always threatened the land. The Schreierstoren now functions as a maritime antiquarian bookshop, a cafe and a special wedding location.