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It was also a defense tower that watched over the city’s harbors and had a view of the then Zuiderzee. On the southeast side of the building there are two anchors that recall an attempt by the Gelders to take over the city in the sixteenth century. However, they were spotted and chased away, cutting the anchors in their haste to get away. The Enkhuizers took the anchors out of the water and triumphantly brought them into the city. For a long time the building served as a prison and storage space. From fortress tower, prison, telephone and telegraph office to vibrant Cultural Center, the Drom has played a role in the lives of the Enkhuizers for centuries. Now ‘De Drom’ is a cultural center that offers activities such as singing, dancing and music to lectures, cabaret, theater and film.