Historical Delft!

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Gejah, Jacqueline, Tineke, Keiko, Jan (me), Walter and Christian.

Delft, near Den Hag, is a charming city known for Royal Delft pottery. Painter Johannes Vermeer was born in Delft. William of Orange, the founder of the Dutch nation, was assasinated in Delft; the Museum Het Prinsenhof is in his former residence. When you visit Delft's don't forget to make the Historic Walk.

What to do in Delft!

High above the old town of Delft tower five characteristic peaks of the Oude Kerk Old church). It is the oldest parish church of the city, originally called St. Hippolytuskerk. The crooked tower of the Old Church is no longer the highest in the city. But just as in the Middle Ages it still exudes a striking beauty. In their robust showing constancy church tower and place in the history of Delft.

One of the many attractions of Delft are the beautiful old canals that can be seen all around the old part of Delft near the city centre. The best way to explore these is on foot so you can stop to admire historic buildings and the many small bridges and that criss cross these canals.

The old Church!

The Market square is the big square in the centre of town. On one side of the square stands the town hall and opposite on the other side, you will find the New Church, where members of the Royal Dutch family are buried.

The town hall is difficult to miss once you've come on the main square.. And even before that time, it's tower will tell you where you have to go..

The town hall was constructed between 1618 and 1620 but made use of the remaining parts if the burned down older town hall. From that fire the current big tower called het Steen (13th century) and a few walls remained.

In the middle of the Markt there is a statue of Hugo de Groot, one of the most famous of Delft citizens. Born in 1583 in Delft. He is regarded as a great scientist and statesman.

reflection of the bridge!
He wrote about the right of war and peace (de jure belli ac pacis) and about the free sea (De mare libero). These writings have been standardworks until in the 20th century with regards to international law, humanitarian law and marine law.
I'll write more on him when I arrive in the Nieuwe Kerk where he is buried.
Behind the statue, you see the neo-gothic parish church (1875-1882) on the Burgwal. As is common in The Netherlands, the original main churches (Nieuwe and Oude Kerk) were taken over by the Protestants, forcing the Roman Catholics to build new churches.

Delft Blue.

When you think of Delft, you think of Delftware - and that is no surprise when you consider that Delft ceramics have been an important export product for more than 400 years.
one of the canals.

In the days of the Dutch East India Company Delft potters came into contact with Chinese porcelain. Soon they tried to imitate the Chinese products, and with success…….Delft ceramics became famous all over the world.
For centuries ceramics have been important to the development of Delft, and they still are. Historic and modern ceramics can be found side by side in Delft.

We had a great time in Delft! TB friends, THANKS!!  You are the best!!

 

 

 

 

JP-NED says:
Yes it was great and let's hope that you can come one day and visit all of us!
You both are welcome~!=
Posted on: Oct 05, 2009
sylviandavid says:
Sounds like a great time in a great city... I love the pictures of the canals ... and of all the happy travbuddies! sylvia
Posted on: Oct 04, 2009
JP-NED says:
WHAT, poor Keiko, and what about me!
Posted on: Oct 02, 2009
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The old Church!
The old Church!
reflection of the bridge!
reflection of the bridge!
one of the canals.
one of the canals.
The old Church!
The old Church!
The old Church!
The old Church!
The old Church!
The old Church!
Cheers my friend!
Cheers my friend!
enjoy your small meal!
enjoy your small meal!
Yes, Gejah its all yours!
Yes, Gejah it's all yours!
Rudolph and his wife and Keiko!
Rudolph and his wife and Keiko!
Tineke and Jacqueline.
Tineke and Jacqueline.
Me and Gejah!
today only friendly…
Me and Gejah! today only friendl…
City Hall.
City Hall.
ready for the canal tour.
ready for the canal tour.
Hey Rudolph!
Hey Rudolph!
The girls!
The girls!
a real tourist!
a real tourist!
Three wise nice man and, okay Jacq…
Three wise nice man and, okay Jac…
great smiles!
great smiles!
me with Wendy, sorry Mandy!
me with Wendy, sorry Mandy!
smile, youre on my camera!
smile, you're on my camera!
The City Hall
The City Hall
The City Hall
The City Hall
The famous Delft Blue!
The famous Delft Blue!
The church with in front the Bible!
The church with in front the Bible!
girls talk!
girls talk!
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these are TBers without there cam…
Petra and her husband, they came i…
Petra and her husband, they came …
a Large Cappucino!
a Large Cappucino!
sailing away!
sailing away!
TB-ers 
like a family, great frie…
TB-ers like a family, great fri…
Thanks my friends, it was a great …
Thanks my friends, it was a great…
WOW!
WOW!
Gerda and Wemdy!
ups, Gejah and M…
Gerda and Wemdy! ups, Gejah and …
Keiko and Walter!
great picture!
Keiko and Walter! great picture!
Your hand Jan! (LOL)
Your hand Jan! (LOL)
always laughing!
always laughing!
two friends!
two friends!
another friend!
another friend!
big fun!
big fun!
Girls, where that smile.
Girls, where that smile.
Jacqueline and Walter
Jacqueline and Walter
ready for diner!
ready for diner!
and it was warm!!!
PPPPFFFFFFFFF!…
and it was warm!!! PPPPFFFFFFFFF…
This was so good!
This was so good!
Yammie!
Yammie!
Its me (Jan)
also famous in Delf…
It's me (Jan) also famous in Del…
Its me (Jan)
also famous in Delf…
It's me (Jan) also famous in Del…
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