A nice place for a walk: Delftse Hout
If Delft with all its small-town picturesqueness is getting a bit too much for you, why not go for a walk in the nearby Delftse Hout (Delft Wood)? It's only 1.5km away from the city centre and makes for a nice walking terrain. While there were hardly any people when we were there on an icy and windy winter's day, Delftse Hout is actually very popular in summer. There's a lake for bathing and swimming, the so-called Grote Plas, as well as some low-key entertainment facilities. Altogether it's a nice place.
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My eye was caught by the bull's head sticking out of this building, just off the Markt. It's the 'flesh hall'...the old meat market.
It's a really old building, dating back to the 1300s and originally largely built of wood. Some of that earliest building still remains in its vaulted cellars (not accessible to the general public, as far as I know). The chunky grey stone building you now see above ground is the rebuilding of the wooden original in stone, which took place in 1650. The bull's and sheep's heads sticking out of the front are a rather odd addition but I suspect they served a very useful purpose when the majority of the population was illiterate!
The building was used as a corn exchange from 1872 until the early part of the 20th century and now houses a youth cub.
You'll find the Vleeshall at Voldersgraacht 1.
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Enjoy the architecture
Delft's historical centre has canals (of course). The canals are lined with older buildings, with lovely and varying gables as well as frills and furbelows of all types which reflected both the status of the original owners and the fashion of the time.
It is well worth spending time wandering the side-street and canalsides. Whenever I visit the Netherlands I am always amazed at the variation in gable-style in the older buildings, especially those from the 1600s and 1700s but also those from later. Having exactly the 'right' gable when your house was built was clearly very important!
So..wander, look up and enjoy! :-)
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Delft in Moscow
Delft is well known for the Delft pottery ceramic products which were styled on the imported Chinese porcelain of the 17th century. The city had an early start in this area since it was a home port of the Dutch East India Company.
I (and you) may refresh our memory about Delft even without leaving Moscow. We should go to the Main Building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and see enjoy Faience and underglazed painting
Baluster Vases (from garnitures) – End of the 17th – beginning of the 18th century
Beaker Vase (from the garnitures) - End of the 17th century
Vase with a cover depicting a Chinese scene (from a garniture) Workshop the Porcelain Lampetkan – Third quarter of the 17th century
Baluster Vase depicting Chinese scenes (no cover) from a garniture – 1670-1680
Vase with a polychromatic painting (from a garniture) Workshop the Greek A – End of the 17th – beginning of the 18th century
Vase depicting a gallant scene in the landscape (no cover) – beginning of the 18th century
Vases depicting genre scenes in landscape (no cover) - beginning of the 18th century
Hendrick van der Vliet (1611-1675) – Interior of the new church in Delft
Jan van der Heyden (1637-1712) – A garden in Holland
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Street views around Delft
We enjoyed just "wandering" the streets and canals of Delft, almost as much as we enjoyed the Poffertjes and beer. Wandering means just taking a direction, or even NO direction, just heading off to see what you happen to see. We have found that we often "discover" small undisclosed corners not usually seen by short term visitors.
Oostpoort (The East Gate)
The current Oostpoort or East Gate was built around 1400. It is a lightly built gate with a high-ceilinged area on the ground floor. Shots could be fired from this room through loopholes. The stairs are in a separate stairs tower, from which the battlement parapets of the adjacent city walls could be reached. Above the tower there was a waiting room. The gate is connected with the water gate by a piece of city wall. The water gate has a passage that could be closed off with gates. On the field side, above middle, a machicolation has been preserved.
In 1514 the towers were raised with a hexagonal floor and given a steep spire. Between 1962 and 1964 the gate was restored and turned into a double studio house. Later the houses were joined into one house, because the living space was too small. Since 1988 the former battlement parapet has been open as an exhibition area.
Art museum P.T. van Elven
An unknown museum within Delft can actually more be compared with a art gallery. this is the P.T. van Elven museum, that shows a collection of this man that left a wonderful decorated and furnished canal house to the people from today. There are also some artworks from various artists. For art lovers and historical intrested people, it is quite interest to stop here and find out about how they used to live about a century ago.
Address: Koornmarkt 67 2611 EC DELFT
The Northern corner monuments
A bit out of the route are also some monuments. They are clustered close to one another in the Norther section of the old town centre. It should be disrespectful to not mention them at least on these pages, so here I name them shortly.
Saint Huybregts tower: is one of the three remaining city wall towers and or gates. It's a simple round construction and dates back to 1500.
The old Artillery Depot: part of the Armamentarium, here some highly explosive stuff was stored well outside the main centre of town, besides some heavy canons that in case of a sudden attack were already available on the north side of town. Now, here too, is a small museum.
The old University Library: Delft is a university town and well known for it's TU (Technical University), that holds a high ranking position in the world of engineering. The old library is a beautiful building, holding a vast collecton of books and literature over many centuries. A treasure of knowledge.
Meet the animals
Just outside the center at the other side of the highway you can visit a "kinderboerderij" (childrensfarm).
It a farm where you can pet animals like rabbits, goats, sheep, birds etc. An ideal place to learn you children about the animals that live on a farm.
At the entrance is a restaurant where you can have real Dutch pancakes.
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TU Delft EWI-building
Have a nice view at Den Haag and Rotterdam from the upper floor of the red/blue coloured multistory high TU Delft building south of the citycentre. Take the bus or simply walk to the south starting at the huge C1000 supermarket on the southside of the citycentre. The entrance is free and the view amazing.
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Karl Wilhelm Naundorff - The King Of France ?
Follow Oude Delft to the top and cross the main road. Just to the right of the watertower you will find the grave of "Louis 17th , King of France" !
Karl Wilhelm Naundorff maintained until his death that he was the "Lost Dauphin" , the child of Marie Antoinette.
Recent DNA testing has been inconclusive. Obviously he had some sympathsisers when died , as can be seen from the name on the Tomb.
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Mister President Bill Clinton
It was somewhere in May 1997. Delft and its citizens welcomed the president of the USA. Mister President Bill Clinton himself walked together with his wife in a sudden moment, not announced, over the Grote Markt, the cozy and lively market place right in the heart of Delft.
They stopped at Het Wapen Van Delft, a small restaurant where they ordered "poffertjes", a Dutch delicacy which are buttered and sugared tiny little pancakes, with strawberries ...
The restaurant was not that surprised, took some photographs with fun and joy and, still showing the photograph with fun and joy. Everybody should know Mister President Bill Clinton himself was here... to have some Delft "poffertjes" ...
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Another church along the Oude Delft
There are always questions unanswered, even when doing research deep and intensive. On the Oude Delft, in oposit direction of the route that I described in my To-Do-tips is another church throwing it's thin tower into the air. However, I cannot tell you the name, as I just couldn't find it. So, if someone (a local maybe) knows what the name and relgion is of this church, I will be very happy and complete this tip.
Daniel_NL answered: the church on the photo is called the "Lutherse Kerk". As the name indicates it belongs the to Lutheran community and was built around 1450 and partly rebuilt in 1764.
Maria van Jesse church.
Maria van Jessekerk Burgwal 20
Neo-gothic Roman Catholic parish church. Built in 1875 -
The interior was embellished with colourful, decorative paintings in 1904 and 1906.
In 1733 a secret Roman Catholic church was built in the St.-Jozefstraat, in former days called ´Molenpoort´, between Burgwal and Oude Lan-gen-dijk. This church got a new front and a small tower in 1815. In 1837 the church was replaced by a bigger one: the neo-classical St.-Jozefkerk at the Oude Langendijk, and later by an ever bigger one: the neo-gothic church between Burgwal and Oude Langendijk: the present ´Maria van Jessekerk´.
In 1903 the neo-gothic pulpit replaced a much older one, which came from the former St.-Jozefkerk. Situation before the restoration of the liturgical centre in 1987-1988.
Change of name
In the 19th century Delft´s territory was devided into two parishes: St.-Hippolytus in the northern part of the town and in the south the parish of St.-Jozef. Much later, consequent to the development of the suburbs, new parishes seceded from these
Two dissimilar towers
The front of the church, which was built as a cross-basilica, is flanked by two towers. The upper parts are dissimilar. The left tower has a octagonal top storey and a tall spire with dormers, and seems to be based on the tower of the Nieuwe Kerk. The right tower has a four-sided top storey with a tall spire and small turrets and seems to trace back to the Oude Kerk. Respecting the monumental value of the building and parts of the interior a new liturgical centre, with a very sobre altar in the middle, has been created in 1987-1988. The former communion rails now form the seperation betweeen the choir and the nave. The church fell into disrepair. Some of the dilapitated parts of the tower had to be taken taken down and one of the spires threatened to come down during a violent storm. In 1992 the urgently needed restorated was started. Now the towers are in good condition and in their former splendour again.
Try visiting one of the 'Hofjes' (almshouses) . Originally Delft had seven 'hofjes', of which just four remain. In the old days, 'hofjes' offered free board and lodging to underprivileged old couples, virgin females or widows.
The best is Hofje van Pauw (built in 1707) at Paardenmarkt 54-62
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