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Catharijnepoort

The stone Catharijne- or Katrijnenpoort had to give access to the Hooikade after the Maartensgat was dug and guard this part of the city. You can still see the cannonballs on both sides of the gate. Along a large part of the city, a city wall, complete with guardhouses and watchtowers, was built on the waterfront. Visitors could only enter through entrances like the Catharijnepoort. Beggars, the poor and the sick were not welcome; they were inexorably sent back into the water. The gate is a simple gateway between wooded pilasters with an ornate hipped roof. Of the many city gates that Dordrecht knew, only this old monumental city gate and the Groothoofdspoort 24 remain.

  • Year built: 1652
  • Original function: City gate

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