Bridge 62

Grote Brouwerssluis

Bridge 62. Copyright: Bridges of Amsterdam (James Walker)

SPECIFICATIONS

Official nameGrote Brouwerssluis
Offcial numberBRU0062
TypeBeam
FunctionPedestrian-Bicycle-Scooter-Car
Running alongPrinsengracht
Running overLeliegracht
DistrictCentrum
Owner/operatorDienst Binnenstad
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NOTES

Bridge 62, Grote Brouwerssluis,¹ is a short beam bridge spanning the north-western end of the Leliegracht in central Amsterdam.

Historically, the Brouwerssluis along with its larger neighbour, the Leliesluis  played an important role in regulating the water levels between the Jordaan and the city’s central canal network.

The two sets of floodgates were removed in the 19th century,² but traces of the lock can still be seen in the brick piers either side of the water.

¹ ‘Large Brewer’s Canal’; As with the Brouwersgracht two blocks north and the Kleine Brouwerssluis further south, Grote Brouwerssluis takes its name from the large number of breweries based in the area in the 16th and 17th centuries.

² Bakker, Theo, Sluizen, Keringen en Duikers in Amsterdam (p33).

Bridge 62. Copyright: Bridges of Amsterdam (James Walker)


Bridge 62. Copyright: Bridges of Amsterdam (James Walker)


Bridge 62. Copyright: Bridges of Amsterdam (Luke Walker)

 

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