Nieuwe Kerk, Delft
As usual I cannot resist to make a close up of the tower. An added bonus is always if there are bells to be seen from the outside, although the true campanological treasures usually remain hidden inside the tower.
For that one must climb the tower. I''m sure the view would be magnificent.
The 'New Church' as mentioned in the Must See Activity tips, merits its own place in my tips. And because of its traditional last resting place of many Dutch royals, I suppose it can go under the name Local Customs.
The legend according to the "Bescrhijvinge der Stadt Delft (1667): Brother Symon is a strange beggar. One day in 1351 he kneels on the Markt square and a certain Jan Col brings him some food. Both look at the sky and see a golden church. The beggar dies but for 30 years Jan Col sees that same light on that same January day. So he decided a church should be built there. The town council consents and Jan Col's vision disappears on the day that the church is sanctified.
The first Nieuwe Kerk was a wooden church and the building of the current church started from 1396 according to the rules and symbolism of the late gothich 'kruisbasiliek' (a basilique in the shape of a cross). The cross symbolises Christ, the 12 pillars in the choir the 12 Apostles and the 4 pillars in the ship of the church symbolise the 4 Evangelists.
In 1933 the church was restored and concrete pillars were installed in the fundement of the church because it is built on marshland.
During the centuries there were fires and thunder that demolished parts of the church.Most of the catholic artefacts were destroyed during the "beeldenstorm" and in 1572 the church was into the hands of the protestants.
The last disaster was in 1654 when 90.000 pounds of dynamite exploded in the nearby Delft Artillery which destroyed roofs and stained-glass windows of the church.
The church is still in use for usual Sunday and christian holiday services and for special occassions.