The Nieuwe Kerk is a protestant church (Nederlands Hervormd) and unfortunately not as opulent as some other old churches are. The walls are not whitewashed but brick which gives it a bit of a sombre, spartan appearance were it not that the tall windows let in plenty of light.
The Netherlands became a monarchy in 1815, more than 200 years after WIliam of Orange lived.
What I found interesting is that his boot peeped from under his cloak in this marble figure. And that boot looked so very modern! The booklet doesn't say when the memorial was erected but whatever's fashion, this one seems to have come back after many many years.
In my Must See Activity tips I wrote about Hugo de Groot as being regarded as a great scientist and statesman. He wrote about the right of war and peace (de jure belli ac pacis) and about the free sea (De mare libero). These writings have been standardworks until in the 20th century with regards to international law, humanitarian law and marine law.
He also quarreled with Prince Maurits, the successor of William of Orange in such a way that he was not welcome in The Netherlands anymore. He spectacularly escaped imprisonment from castle Loevestein by hiding in a chest meant to carry books and escaped to live abroad the rest of his life. This historical fact still appeals to many children that learn history.
In exile he wrote a standard work for international law that would later form the basis for the international Court of Justice in The Hague.
The grave vaults under the church hold many royals. When I stood beside the heavy stone in fhe floor with the four iron rings, I got this eery feeling as I was standing right above the bodies of all those people that you learn about in school. One doesn't even consider standing ON the stone!
More so because only very recently (October 2002), Prince Claus was buried here. The husband of Queen Beatrix was very popular and his funeral impressive. At this occassion the stone was removed as you can see in the photo.
The photo btw was a press photo from www.nrc.nl, a national newspaper that made this one and others available.
According to my brochure this organ was built by the Utrecht organ builder Bätz betwen 1837-1839. It has 3 keyboards, 48 registers and a free foot keyboard (pedals). And more than 3000 pipes.
I've not been to an organ concert in this church but I have in the Oude Kerk (old church).
And this is a photo of the entrance to the grave vault of Hugo de Groot, right in front of his memorial.
Another vieuw from out the church..and we see an other church..I do'nt no what is the name From the church..
We climming to above..I think it is 360 trapss..poeh..but it is so great to see this..You can see Den Haag and Rotterdam..