Laurens Janszoon Coster is a local Haarlem hero. He is seen as the inventor of the book printing. His statue stands prominent at the big market square; the monument is made by Louis Royer in 1856. A former statue of Laurens Janszoon Coster made out of sandstone by Gerrit van Heerstal was moved from the market square to the Prinsenhof.
In his hand Laurens hold a printing stick. The statue has been moved to different locations on the square; the present one is steady since 1966.
Halfway down the Barteljorisstraat this statue of a woman with an owl is placed. The woman is Malle Babbe, a woman painted by Frans Hals in 1633. SHe is also known from a Top 40 song by Dutch singer Rob de Nijs called "Malle Babbe".
The piece of art is made by sculptor Kees Verkade.
In 2013 the Kenau Simonsdochter Hasselaer & Wigbolt Ripperda statue was reveiled at the Statio square. It was made by artist Graziella Curreli.
Kenau Simonsdochter Hasselaer and Wigbolt Ripperda were two locals who helped to defend the city during the 80 year war against Spain. The duo fought for 7 months in 1573 to not surrender the city to the foreign troops, but in vain.
The Steekspel op 't Sant (Toernooirijders) statue was made by sculptor Eric Claus. It refers to popular horse tournament that was played at 't Sant (the former name of the market square).
The statue is locate at the corner of the Grote Markt and the Lepelstraat.
What would Haarlem be without the canals, without the water?
The city is surrounded and crossed with the chanels.
It is lovely to see all those big and small yaughts sailing in.
Some one was even inventive and deisgned this bench so you an sit dry... or for what ever purpose it is designed !
One thing is for sure: it does add colour in the street!
Favorite thing: OK, here is one of the six Lourens Janszoon Coster statues. This one was placed at the Grote Markt for some time, but it was moved back to its original location after the big new statue on the Grote Markt was placed.
The Pauw (or Peacock) statue is made by Antonia Sondaar-Dobbelman in 1987. It's one of many animals sculptures in the city.
It's located at the Friesepoort, a dead end alley of the Groot Heiligland.
Favorite thing: At the South end of the Grote Houtstraat you will find the bronze statue called "Stadten" by sculptor Kees Verkade. It represents three shopping ladies. The statue was made in 1966.
Next to the six statues of Lourens Janszoon Coster that can be found in Haarlem there are a lot of other sculptures.
This couple is located in a typical Dutch Train Station environment: bicycles.
Favorite thing: This lovely statue was located in the gardens around St Bavo's. I am not sure who it is of but I thought it looked nice.