Delft moves medieval tower

8th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The medieval Bagijnetoren in the centre of Delft is to be moved on Wednesday. The 280-tonnes tower, built around 1500, has to be moved in connection with the construction of a 2.3-kilometre railway tunnel.

The Bagijnetoren has already been lifted five centimetres. On Wednesday morning a hydraulic machine will move the tower 15 meters from its original location. The Operation has taken a year of preparation, and also involved the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed National Cultural Heritage Service and the city archaeologist.

Delft obtained city rights on 15 April 1246, which included the right to build city walls. The Bagijnetoren, which originally served as an observation tower, was a later additon to the city's defensive works.

The tower will be moved back to its original location when the tunnel is completed, which is expected to be sometime this summer.


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