Continuing down the Grote Noord, we cross Hoorn's historic square, the Rode Steen, and walk through the pedestrian lane on the far side (Grote Havensteeg) to come into the harbour district. Turning Right and then sharp Left (Vismarkt) we go 1st Right into the Pompsteeg, a narrow lane leading into the Italiaanse Zeedijk. At the end of this street we see our next stop, the distinctive silhouette of the Hoofdtoren. This former harbour fort, together with the adjoining wooden landing stage determines the historic character in this picturesque area.
The harbour tower is now owned by the Vereniging Hendrick de Keizer and is undergoing restoration.
Two Biblical texts are to be read on these massive walls:
Make your way through the narrow gate (Mathew chap.7 v.13)
Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's (Luke chap.20).
The Knox translation of Mathew 7,v. 13-14 reads
Make your way by the narrow gate, it is a broad gate and a wide road that leads to perdition, and those who go in that way are many indeed; but how small is the gate, how narrow the road that leads on to life, and how few there are that find it.
And Luke 20,v.20-26
And, so watching for their opportunity, they sent agents of their own, who pretended to be men of honest purpose, to fasten on his words; then they would hand him over to the supreme authority of the governor. These put a question to him; Master, they said, we know thou art direct in thy talk and thy teaching; thou makest no distinction between man and man, but teachest the way of God in all sincerity. Is it right that we should pay tribute to Caesar, or not?
And he, aware of their malice, said to them, Why do you thus put me to the test? Shew me a silver piece. Whose likeness, whose name does it bear inscribed on it? When they answered, Caesar's, he told them, Why then, give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's. And they said no more; they were full of admiration at his answer, finding no means of discrediting his words in the eyes of the people.