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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 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.
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.
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!!