This is a street at the outside of the city center, close to the parc and the old tower "Oldenhove".
Mind the municipal coat of arms at the corner of the house at the left .
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This biggest protestant church of Leeuwarden belonged to a Jacobin monastery until the protestants confiscated it. Typical for such a monastic church is the lack of a tower, which makes the church a bit difficult to find at first. The choir is a mausoleum for the Frisian branch of the (Oranje-)Nassau family, the ancestors of the current royal family.
The Oldehove is a Gothic tower built from 1529 until 1532 for the church of St. Vitus. Already when the tower had reached a height of ten metres it started sagging. Construction was continued by building straight on the leaning lower part. As sagging continued work was stopped when the tower was 40 metres tall. The old church was not replaced and has been demolished long since.
The tower is often open for the public. I'm not sure if it can be climbed though, but I think it can be. Don't worry, it's not very high.
The Princessehof ('the princess' scourt') from 1731 and 1765 had been the palace of Maria Louise van Hessen Kassel, widow of the stadtholder. It consisted of three originally seperate houses, which were made into one palace by court architect Anthony Coulon. Later the houses were seperated again. In the part in the picture, now a museum of ceramics, in 1898 graphic artist M.C. Escher was born.
Note added March 7 2003: the website of the museum must be one of the least helpfull in the entire internet.
This museum is specialised in ceramics and china from all over the world. It is the only of it's kind in the Netherlands. The museum is housed in what used to be the City Palace of Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel, who also lived in the Stadhouderlijk Hof, in the 18th century. The museum has recently been re-opened by Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima because it was totally refurbished.
Willem Lodewijk became stadtholder of Friesland in 1584. Willem Lodewijk married his cousin, Anna van Oranje, daughter of Willem van Oranje, in 1587. She died after a marriage of 7 months. Willem Lodewijk remained single since then. He has lived in the Stadhouderlijk Hof from 1584-1620. Nowadays he has his own statue on Hofplein.
Just as in a lot of other Dutch cities Leeuwarden also has a Waag. Originally it was a building in which the shipped in goods were weighed and where people paid their import duties. Most important products were butter and cheese! Nowadays it only houses an ATM machine from the Rabobank. Most of the time there are long lines , but across the canal is another ATM-machine by ING bank, that almost never has queues...
The landmark of Leeuwarden is the Oldehove. You can compare this tower to the one in Pisa. It is also leaning a bit too much to one side. After a renovation the tower is now opened again to the public. For a small fee you can walk to the top of the 40 metres high tower. The view is great, and on clear days you might even see the islands in the sea called the Waddenzee!!!
The first stadtholder's court in 1587 consisted of a single house only, but in 1603 a second house was added to the palace. Originally a complex in Renaissance style, the successing stadtholders each had it changed to fit their taste. In 1747 the last stadtholder of Friesland became stadtholder of all the Netherlands and moved to Den Haag, after which his court in Leeuwarden lost in importance. Several different uses resulted in the decay of the palace, and after king Willem I bought it in 1814 architect Stoett renovated it in neo-Classical style. It's now an expensive and luxurious hotel. In front is a statue of one of the stadtholders.
Although you don't want to go inside, the outide of the building is beautiful! It is in the same style as the Stadhouderlijk Hof and I think the buildings were constructed around the same. They maybe even had the same owner!
Visit the Jopie Huisman Museum in Workum. Jopie was the kind of person that makes you believe in reincarnation. He was a dealer in rags and he saw beauty in the simple things. He managed to express this in the drawings he made of the old, the ugly and the worn-out things.
Jopie refused ever to sell his paintings. He died at the age of 75 last year. I hope his wish will be respected and his art will remain forever in the magnificent museum for us all to enjoy.
Photo: This underwear has been repaired time after time and Huisman managed to get every stitch on the canvas with great respect for the rag and the person who wore them.
Spectacular races with antique freightships. The flatbottomed sailingships were used to transport manure, soil, potatoes etc in the beginning of last century.
Larges families lived in the tiny deckhouse. In the slow periodes, skippers took the whole interior out of the deckhouse and engaged in sailingraces for money.
In 2001 the races are held from july 21 until august 3. You have to inquire at the local touristboard for the places, because the fleet moves every day. Every day after the race, there is a party for the winner and for the losers.
photo: SKS website
Take the ferry to one of the Wadden Eilanden (Frisian islands). On some of the islands no car traffic is allowed. In fact you don't need a car on the islands and you better leave it on the parking at the harbour.
With a bit of luck you may meet some seals sunbathing on a sandbank.
The old city centre of Leeuwarden is worth a visit. There are nice canals and lots of old houses.
The Oldenhove is the most famous landmark of Leeuwarden. It is even more out of balance than Pisa's tower!
Leeuwarden has its own leaning tower of Pisa, “De Oldehove”.
This gotic tower form 1532 was never finished. The soft clay-layer in the foundation was the reason that shortly after the beginning the building started to sag.
But the 40mtrs heigh “Oldehove” is stil a sensation to climb and you will have a spectaculair view of the surrounding. If the weather conditions are good you even can see the “Waddeneilanden”.