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Joes Kloppenburgbrug – Bridge 5 | History and information

For centuries, a bridge has stood at the location now known as Joes Kloppenburgbrug. Around 1599, Pieter Bast designed a drawbridge here, and on Gerrit de Broen’s map from approximately 1737, a permanent bridge was depicted. Fascinating historical maps, including these, can be explored at the Scheepvaartmuseum.

In 1910/1911, the bridge underwent renovation, coinciding with the renovation of bridge 25. The design was carried out by the Public Works Department, just before the era of Jo van der Mey, and it was initially without an official name.

During its earlier days, the bridge remained unnamed, but informally, it became known as the “Raambrug” in reference to the nearby Raamsteeg. It was also referred to as the “Appelmarktbrug” or “Appelmarktsluis” due to the apple market that used to take place in the vicinity. However, on July 5, 2016, a significant decision was made to officially name the bridge after Joes Kloppenburg, who tragically lost his life to senseless violence on August 17, 1996, near the Voetboogstraat, close to the bridge. This naming served as a powerful symbol against senseless violence, advocating for a safer and more compassionate society. The official nameplate bearing Joes Kloppenburg’s name was installed on September 26, 2017, solidifying the bridge’s new identity.

On October 10, 1995, the bridge was honoured with the status of a municipal monument, recognising its historical and cultural importance. Through the passage of time, Joes Kloppenburgbrug has witnessed centuries of history and transformations, now standing not only as a practical crossing over the water but also as a poignant reminder of the impact of senseless violence and a beacon of hope for a more peaceful future.

  1. Corner Spui. Sign “Tolerance” nav. the kicking of Joes Kloppenburg to death by four drunk boys on the night of August 17, 1996

Architect: Unknown

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