Historical Delft, Delft
Favorite thing: This door can be found right by the Old Church. It was used by William the Silent when he needed to leave Delft for his secret meetings, he was coming to this door using a boat and escaping from the watching eyes of the city residents and other curious people.
Favorite thing: This building was the trading point in the 18th century. People could approach it through the canal using their boats and to trade goods through the wide open windows on the lower floor. Today this place is a 3-floors restaurant. If you happen to go there, there is one thing you should remember: the lower the floor the cheaper the meal!
Favorite thing: On the opposite side of the Meisjeshuis, across the canal, the Boys House is situated. The purpose of the building was exactly the same, a home for orphaned boys. People of Delft used to drink water from the canals and as a result they were dying of cholera
This statue (2003) is also located in the Prinsenhof Gardens on St Agatha's Square. William of Orange was shot in 1584 in the Prinsenhof (the Prince's Court).
Favorite thing: Meisjeshuis means Girls' House, this was the purpose of this building in 18th century. City of Delft suffered of many epidemics and a lot of children were orphaned. This building served as a home for orphaned girls.
This is the only city gate that survived in Delft. It was built in the beginning of the 15th century. Believe it or not, in the late 60's the gate was turned into a studio house and somebody actually lives there!
Imagine that! Living in such a historical house partly standing on water connected by a bridge. Well, I was standing infront of the Oostport, taking pictures and feeling jealous.
Delft in the Middle Ages was a wealthy merchant city and one of the seats of the Dutch East India Company. It's known for two reasons: it's Delft pottery and ceramics and because it was the city where Prince William of Orange was murdered in 1584.
Fondest memory: the structure of Delft and the medieva layout of the streets. The buildings too: really well-preserved
Delft, ancient VOC-town and the place where many ship sailed away towards the Dutch Indies or any other colony far, far away.
Delft is beautiful and compact with it's old buildings along the canals. It is also the Royal Town, intensively connected with the Dutch family Van Oranje-Nassau.
Delft is famous for it's earthware-pottery, caloured white and blue. It set an example to many porselan from all over the world.
Delft is also a very young town, because of the Technical University that has it's basis here.
Delft, in my opinion the most complete Holland town within the Netherlands.
Fondest memory: My Godparents (in Dutch "Peter" and "Meter"), that live in this town and with whome I have a very warm relationship.
Favorite thing: Beestenmarkt or Animals market got is place from the animals trade that was taking place in this part of Delft until the 70's. When the market was closed it turned into a nice garden with terraces surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Beestenmarkt has a very young atmosphere and many students can be seen there enjoying their day in the sun
Favorite thing: The statue is placed in the Markt of Delft to commemorate one of it's most famous sons - Huig de Groot; he is better known as Hugo Grotius. Grotius was a Royal Advisor, Professor, Ambassador, author and playwright.
Favorite thing: A stepped gable close on Cameretten street corner. Delft is full of beautiful old buildings like this - but this one was a particularly nice example.
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) on the Markt Square
Town Hall (1620), view from the Markt Square