The oldest towers of the city were probably gate towers, but I am certainly one of the oldest conventional towers. Aside from Kiek in de Kök, I am one of the other round towers on the city wall among the many horseshoe-shaped ones.
At first, I did have a quadrilateral main layout, probably a Danish-era construction and the first defensive tower of the harbour. Later, somewhere between 1340–1355 the higher Great Coastal Gate Tower was built nearby. The harbour was a place of great strategic importance! For that reason, several years later, yet another tower was built even closer to defend the waterside. I stood about where the tram stop is today but was lost during the terrible wars of the 16th century.
But more about me. At the beginning of the 15th century, I rose as the high tower of the lower town. In the 19th century, I passed into private ownership, as was the fate of most of the defensive towers of that time, and I was connected to a building on the neighbouring property. Since the end of the 1960s, there have been recreation and party rooms here owned by the innovative producer of catalogues and punch cards, Bit. But from many sauna parties and toilet flushes and leaky pipes, my sandstone founda- tion started to fracture and wash away and, as the experts determined, I would soon fall right over! It was earlier thought that my foundation was a strong, sturdy base, but there you go! Now, methods have been implemented and the situation is under control. But the Department of Heritage Preservation doesn’t allow the use of the sauna anymore.
For a couple of decades now I’ve been owned by a publisher of textbooks. They organise excursions here from time to time for those who are interested.
A two-storey tower built in the early 14th century built up to 23 m in the 15th century.