This house thanks is name of a massacre that occurred here in 1572, when this building was city hall. On decmber 1st of that year 700 inhabitants gathered here to listen to the peace propositions of the Spanish army. As we now know it was a setup of the Spanish to kill all the unarmed inhabitants at once. After that they burned the town systematically . The house was rebuilt in 1615 and served as a French army garrison, De Waag (Weighing House), A garrison bakery, where they baked over 1,000 breads a day and until 1992 it was the Comenius museum.
Books and art of printing
Paintings (between 1600 and 1850)
City and areahistory
There is an exhibition about the life of the Tjech 17th century scientist Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670). The museum also preserves the mausoleum of Comenius.
Wed-Sun 12.00-17.00 hrs.
€ 2.04 Adults
€ 0.91 Children 6 to 12 yrs.
€ 0.91 Seniors 65+
Local traditional clothings
Arms and war
City and areahistory
In this underground- openairmuseum you'll find casemates, canoncellars and collection historic artifacts. Displays tell you all about the defence of the Netherlands, the Dutch waterline and life in a garrison.
2/1 to 1/3
Sun 12.00-17.00 hrs.
1/3 to 1/11
Tue to Fri 10.30-17.00 hrs.
Sat and Sun 12.00-17.00 hrs.
1/11 to 31/12
Sun 12.00-17.00 hrs.
€ 5.00 Adults
€ 3.00 Children 5 to 15 yrs.
€ 4.00 Seniors 65+
The ciyty hall was built in 1601 and is a nice example of Dutch Renaissance.
Nowadays the Cityhall is still used for weddings and special occasions. Behind the old cityhall there is a new one. Sadly enough it is not well adapted in the athmosphere of the town.
Grote Kerk or St. Vituskerk
The ceiling of this church must be beautiful I am told. On the day I was there, there was a service going on so I didn't want to disturd it. Also it must be possible to climb the tower one must have a great view on the fortifications up there. So try to get up there.
The Spanish house dates from 1615. It owes its name to its location, as on this place the chapel of the hospital stood, where in 1572 Spanish troops started the massacre of the population of Naarden. The remains of the chapel were later converted into a weighing-house, when the town had been repopulated again..
The Utrechtse Poort ('Utrecht gate') dates from 1877. It is the only survivor of two gates that once gave access to the fortress, the other being the former Amsterdamse Poort. It's a nice building, a reminder of the time when utility architecture was still meant to be beautiful, long ago.
The Czech bishop and pedagogue Jan Amos Komensky, a.k.a. Comenius never set a foot in Naarden. But after he died in Amsterdam in 1670 his body was taken to Naarden and buried in this former chapel, which today is known as the Comeniusmausoleum. Next to it is a museum about the man.
Grootarsenaal ('great arsenal') is the name of this building from ca. 1688 that lost its military function long ago and now houses a big and expensive furniture shop of Jan de Bouvrie, whose designs are both famous and notorious in the Netherlands, depending on taste.
This is one of those cases where you really MUST go inside the church. Yes, there's a fee, but it's worth it.
Most of the church is covered by wooden vaults. Although the Reformation took its toll from the interior of this church, the unique paintings on these vaults have survived, albeit under a thick coat of dirt. Inspired by the work of Albrecht Dürer, scenes from the Old and New Testament have been painted on the vaults. Next to every scene from the Old Testament is a scene from the New Testament with a similar message. Theology for beginners.
The reformed Grote Kerk ('Great Church') until the Reformation was known as St. Vitus, like many churches in this area. The church dates from the 15th century and has unique painted wooden vaults. See the next tip.
Weeshuiskazerne ('orphanage barracks') is the strange name for this building, which is part of a complex that was built as a convent and later became an orphanage. From 1809 until 1986 it was used as a barracks. Today it houses the Comeniusmuseum.
The town hall is an attractive building dating from 1601 and one of the nicest examples of the Renaissance-style in the Netherlands. Note the unequal stepped gables.