The Munnickenveld is one of the most interesting streets of Hoorn. The name came from the former meadow that was in use by the monks who ran the St. Pietershof.
Later on this field the Claes Stapelhof was constructed.
The house at number 2 is the oldest surviving house. It dates from 1593 and after a fire in 1945 was renovated completely.
The Claas Stapel's Hof dates from 1683 and was founded by Claes Stapel and two other Hoorn notables, Jan Jansz. Koekebacker and Pieter Bos. The small houses were given to widows and older women with little or no means of living.
The iron gate dates from 1870. The stone gate is te former entrance of the Latin School at the Kruisstraat, that was moved to this new location in 1956.
The Rozenhof is a small inner court extension at the North side of the St. Pietershof.
In te middle bautiful red roses are growing.
Te hof dates from the 20th century.
The Roode Steen (or Red Stone) is the oldest square of downton Hoorn.
It's the oldest location of town where in the 14th century an Inn and three houses were located, although the settlement of Hoorn is older.
Streets to the square were former dikes and are higher than the younger streets that run parallel to these former dikes.
The red stone got its name from the capital punishments that took place on the square in front of the former City Hall. Parts of the original stone are on display at the West Fries Museum.
The Speelgoed museum (or toy museum) De Kijkdoos is housed in a genuine Hoorn family house.
On the ground floor, the first floor and the attic toys through the ages are on display.
Tu-Su: 11AM - 5PM
The Westfries Museum is more than 100 years in operation. The collection varies from paintings to archeologic treasures, In the maze of rooms an amazing number of items is on display showing the history of the area.
The oldest building from 1632 was built as the headquarter for the local Counsil.
Also parts of former houses, the “Grote Stynhuys” and the “Hoge Huys” or “Proostenhuys” still are a part (in the basements) of the present museum.
The cast iron entrance gate was made by J. Uljé in 1929.
Admission fee: € 6.50 (adult)
Ma-Fr: 11AM - 5PM
Sa-Su: 1PM - 5PM
The Noorderkerk is the oldest church in Hoorn. The building dates from 1426.
The church was devoted to Mother Mary and as such was called Mariakerk or Vrouwekerk.
The first building was a wooden chapel. From 1441 till 1450 the firts stone part was constructed. Later extensions were finished in 1485 and 1519.
After the 80-year war the church became a Protestant church.
In the church basement many local people are buried.
The Koepelkerk (or Dome Church) was built in 1879-1882, designed by architect A.C. Bleys, known from the Amsterdam St. Nicolas Church. The Hoorn church was built in a neo-Renaissance style and dedicated to St. Cyriacus and St. Franciscus.
The church now is managed by the Koepelkerk foundation.
There still are Roman Catholic services on Sundays. On weekdays the church is open to other events or for a visit to the Maria chapel.
More Koepelkerk church images.
Once we were inside we loved the beautiful arcades and admired the stained glasses. Looking around always gives me this feeling of being humble without even being religious at all. Because there was a small book market inside the church we heared some people wispering. It was clearly a man who knew what he was taling about, because explained a lot about the history of the church an the Image of Maria of Hoorn in particular.
He told us that in 1426 the foundation of a wooden house of worship was made by Claes Molenaar. He claimed that one night he saw an image of the Holy Mary in the sky. When the small church was finished a ship entered the harbour of Hoorn and brought along a statue of Holy Mary and Cleas Molenaar stated that it was exactly like the image he saw in the sky. He bought the statue and gave it a place in the church. In 1566 this statue was smashed during the iconclast, but restored in 1937. At that time it was restored into its original clours and given a very special place at the Centre of Silence in the Koepelkerk.
Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Koepelkerk we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists. Either the bus / coach was still on his way or everybody was having a breakfast in their hotel. Whenever we visit a church the kids always want to burn a candle, it has become a bit of a tradition. The Sight of burning votive candles - real or electronic - is common in most Catholic churches. The candles are usually placed before statues of saints or at shrines. But how did this tradition get its start?
According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, by Ann Ball, the practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights. Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. So for us lighting a candle is a way of extending our prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf our prayer is offered.
Maybe I am a bit of emotional about this, but for sure I can say that seeing the tower of the Koepelkerk at the skyline of the city of Hoorn always gives me the feeling of being home. I was born and raised in Hoorn and left the city at the age of 16, but whenever I return to Hoorn it always gives me this great feeling and the Koepelkerk with its dome towering over the city is the symbol of this all. The official name of the church is "R.K. kerk Sint Cyriacus en Franciscus", but because of the huge dome on top of the bellfrey it was given the name Koepelkerk instead. Koepel is the dutch word for dome.
The church was built by the architect A.C. Bleijs and opened in the year 1882. I always like the galleries inside the church. Years later I learned that these so called kruiswegstaties are built of the famous Bentheimer sandstone. Nice detail is that they were made in an atelier and already finished in 1881. A very extensive restauration was done in 1993 showing the church as it is today. Beautiful!
The Oostereiland now is connected to the main land. This former prison island now houses:
-The museum of the 20th century
-The Oostereiland cinema
-The Krententuin garden
-A hotel and Brasserie
The Dutch Poster Museum or Affichemuseum displays national and international posters. Special exhibitions are organised a number of times per year.
Tu-Fr: 11AM - 5PM
Sa-Su: Noon - 5PM
Walking around this beautiful museum made me realize in what kind of century I used to live. I visited it with my son Sam (6 years) and my daughter Iris (10 years). Both didn’t live in the 20th century and were truly amazed by all the objects they saw and did not recognize. Imagine yourself that my kids never have seen a cassette recorder, walkman, black and white television and washing machines where you had to centrifuge the laundry by hand!
So, it’s honest to say that in this museum young and old alike will be fascinated by the display of all kinds of developments of this important century. A nostalgic journey through time with something for everyone, from grandchildren to grandparents.
Note: some rooms where not finished yet, due to a late completion of the complex as a whole these are not all directly accessible rooms and all visitors receive a free ticket for later this fall once to return. Quite a good service indeed!
The unique Museum of the 20th Century was opened in 1994 at a different location in the city of Hoorn. Ever since October 2011 you will find it here in the old prison building. Via a large museum shop (where you need to buy the tickets) we walked into the exposition space. There are four halls where temporary exhibitions can be shown, and six rooms where the permanent collection is placed. Another fascinating spot is the “Open Depot” where the we could see for ourselves what is being collected and managed.
We walked by rooms with old kitchens and living room interiors. Also an old school class of the former century and we had the pleasure to witness four temporary exhibitions:
1) 80 years of Fisher Price toys;
2) All kinds of ‘Mona Lisa’ objects;
3) Barbie in the 20th century;
4) Unique collection of cars to play with.