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City prison

Next to the city hall in Enkhuizen is the city prison: a tall, narrow building that is oddly crooked due to subsidence. The cells are still intact and torture devices are reminders of the cruel fate of the prisoners. The prison was built in 1612, in the early 20th century the building showed considerable subsidence, so in 1903 a concrete foundation was placed under the East Wall and two high counterforts were placed against this wall. The curious tall narrow building, built entirely of brick on a rectangular plan, has been preserved almost entirely in the state in which it was built. Cells: Internally, two spacious cells have been arranged on the ground floor and on each floor, virtually devoid of light and fresh air. The cells are made of heavy oak, doors and windows with forged iron fittings and bars from the construction period. The year of construction 1612 is carved above the doors on the first floor. You reach this floor via a spiral staircase. Opening The City Prison is open to the public from the beginning of the summer holidays up to and including Heritage Day. The prison can then be visited daily from 13:00 to 17:00, provided that a volunteer is available. (Group) tours are also possible outside the regular opening hours. You can make an appointment for this with Joke Ruiter (0228 314 744).