Beestenmarkt is Dutch for Animal Market. It is a market square just outside the historical center, but still in the city center. A monestary was built on this square in teh 15th century. When it was destroyed in the 16th century, there was a big square of land available. This land was used to have an animal market, where sheep, cows and other cattle was sold. The last cow was sold here in 1972. To commemerate the animal market, there's a modern statue of a cow in the center of the square.
Hidden on the outskirts of town are a few old glorious buildings owned by Rijkswaterstaat, the governmental institution that looks after the water and road infrastructure of our country. I discovered the buildings when I went for a job interview here.
This time I drove back to see them again. But the photo doesn't do it justice as I couldn't get far away enough or I'd have tumbled in the water!
The wall anchors were lovely, elaborate stone masonry and even turrets!
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The remonstrtate church is build on the inner court at the same place where there was a secret church dating back to 1639. The entrance to the church is through a house that was buidl in 1909 with the portait of the clergyman and poet P.A de Génestet above the entrance.
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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
Every time I visited this museum since my childhood I admired by these masterpieces… Never knew that I would be able to watch them in original…
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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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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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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.
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.
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.
Wonderful facades of old Delft
Amsterdam is fanmous for it's canalhouses that show a great variety in types of facades. The same is in Delft, where the many canals had the same function and the houses as well stored the goods that ships from the VOC brought in from over sea. Stairs, clock (bell), frame and triangular ... look around and enjoy the variety in styles in old Delft.
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
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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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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Antoni van Leeuwenhoek
This plaque indicates that Antoni van Leeuwenhoek lived and worked here. He was a famous scientist and improved the microscope very much. He's considered to be one of the founders of todays cell-biology
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