Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

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    NIEUWE KERK - NEW CHURCH

    by RoyJava Updated Dec 28, 2006

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    Turn around from the Town Hall, and see the majestic high church with its 108 metres high tower, which start of construction was somewhere at the end of 1300. Don't laugh though its original name is NEW CHURCH and, for now the Dutch Reformed Church...

    That this church is very important to the Dutch Royal Family you can find back in its long history. The Founder of te State of Holland was Prince William of Orange to whom a highly decorated monument was built to his memory. So this place is well-known as the Monument and Crypt of the Dutch Royal Family (unfortunately, and so sorry, not open for the public).

    Ehm, ... it's noteworthy to tell you that the NEW CHURCH orginally was dedicated to St. Mary, Holy Patroness of Wisdom and Light. Some later even a second Patroness joined, that is St. Ursula. In the strict Middle Ages some relief of enlightened ideas ... I guess.

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    Nieuwe Kerk, the "new" church

    by Martin_S. Written Dec 12, 2006

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    Like in so many other towns and villages here in the Netherlands the religious buildings or structures seem to overpower and draw you into the old city center. Here in Delft, the Nieuwe Kerk with its bell towers is the dominant one.
    This is what I found in Wikpedia...
    "In 1584, William the Silent was entombed here in a mausoleum designed by Hendrick and Pieter de Keyser. Since then members of the House of Orange-Nassau have been entombed in the royal crypt. The latest are Princess (Queen of the Netherlands from 1948-1980) Juliana and her husband Prince Bernhard in 2004. The royal crypt is not open to the public."

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    It was colder inside the church than outside!

    by gordonilla Written Jan 22, 2006

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    Located on the market square of delft directly across from the City hall, the Nieuwe Kerk and it towerhas make a mark on the skyline for centuries. The tower of the kerk rises to almost 109 metres and this height is only exceeded by the Domtoren in Utrecht.

    For many centuries, members of the Royal house have been interred in the the catacombs below the church. Situated above the royal crypts is the Mausoleum for Prince William of Orange who was murdeed in1584. The Kerk is also home to many other memorial stones including that of Hugo the Great.

    The windows have been damaged and replaced through the years and most recently completely replaced following WWII (1939-1944).

    Nieuwe Kerk Mausoleum of Prince William of Orange Prince William of Orange

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    Rest in Peace, Willem and Fido

    by Rixie Written Dec 31, 2005

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    At Nieuwe Kerk we saw the tomb of Willem of Orange, the memorial that VT member ATLC had told us about when we visited her in Brielle.

    After Willem was assassinated by a Spanish spy in 1584, his dog (who had once saved his life by alerting him to the presence of an intruder) refused to eat and simply pined away. When the tomb was designed, the sculptor decided to memorialize the faithful dog along with his master.

    The stained glass windows in Nieuwe Kerk were especially lovely, with the rich, deep colors of precious stones: ruby, topaz, amethyst, garnet.

    Stained glass window, Nieuwe Kerk This shot shows how immense the church is. Arches, Nieuwe Kerk Willem of Orange and his dog

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    Nieuwe Kerk

    by robertgaz Written Nov 10, 2005

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    The Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) is on the Markt and dates back to 1496. This church has the royal vault where the members of the royal family rest in peace.

    You can also climb the 108 metre high tower but the church is closed on Sundays.

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    De Nieuwe Kerk - The new church

    by Airpunk Updated Sep 21, 2005

    The new church is a church in late gothic style built in 1381. It houses the royal vault (not open for public) where almost all members of the Orange family are buried. Other items of interest are the stained glass windows, showing different aspects of dutch history and an exposition about the history of the royal family. The tomb of William the Silent (het praalgraf) is very impressive. Among others, also Hugo de Groot has an oustanding monument tomb in the Nieuwe Kerk.

    The entry fee is 2,50 EUR and you can visit the tower for an additional fee of 50 cents. However, it is recommended to show up early, for visitng the tower as well as for the church itself. The number of visitors for the tower is limited and there are also large queues for the church. With the ticket for the new church, you can visit the old church (oude kerk) for free (and vice versa).

    De Nieuwe Kerk as seen from the market plce Tomb (praalgraf) of William the Silent The sealed entry to the royal vault Stained glass window showing William the Silent
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    NIEUWE KERK -- MAUSOLEUM OF PRINCE WILLIAM

    by LoriPori Written Sep 13, 2005

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    In 1609 the States General gave the order for the construction of a mausoleum in honour of Prince William of Orange. This was built between 1614 and 1623by master builder and sculptor Hendrick de Keyser. The mausoleum was drastically renovated in the period between 1997 and 2001 as the marble had been seriously damaged by salts.
    The statue of the dead Prince is carved from white marble and is lying on a bed carved from the same block of marble. At his feet lies his faithful dog, who, according to legend, refused to eat or drink after the death of his master.

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    NIEUWE KERK -- STATUE OF KING WILLIAM I

    by LoriPori Written Sep 13, 2005

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    A white marble STATUE OF KING WILLIAM I can be seen close to the Mausoleum of the Prince William V. Engraved on the pedestal is a verse from the Book of Wisdom. The King himself is depicted in a semi-recumbent attitude, resting against a lion, also carved from marble.
    Just above it, against the wall of the Church, a relief in white marble commemorates William George Frederick

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    NIEUWE KERK -- STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

    by LoriPori Updated Sep 13, 2005

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    The STAINED GLASS WINDOWS in the Nieuwe Kerk have been destroyed twice. The first time this happened was when a fire raged through the city in May 1536. The windows were destroyed a second time by an explosion in a Delft gunpowder factory in October 1654. It took almost three centuries for new stained glass windows to be installed, during which time the windows were partly bricked up and partly fitted with ordinary glass.

    The accompanying picture is of THE ZEELAND WINDOW. Coats of arms of the Prince of Orange, as Marquis of Veere and Vlissingen, of the Province of Zeeland and a number of towns in Zeeland. Designed by Georg Reuter.

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    Climbing up to the tower

    by Nathalie_B Written May 1, 2005

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    For an additional 2 Euro you'll have the chance to climb all the way up to the tower of the New Church. 365 steps will take you to the breathtaking view on Delft. On a clear day you'll be able to see The Hague and it's "skyscrapers".
    Climbing up the stairs is not easy. The serpantine stairs are very tiny and only one person at a time can walk. This is another reason why only 60 people are allowed to be at the tower at one time. The balcony on the top is also very tiny and can't accommodate many people. Some steps are still the same as they used to be when the church was built i.e. made of wood. It's kinda scary. Also, by the time you'll get to the top your head will be spinning, maybe it's a good idea to bring some water with you.
    On your way downstairs you'll be meeting exhausted people making their way up and asking you how much longer they have to suffer :) Nice, once a life experience, but I'll never climb those stairs again.

    View from the top

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    The interior of the Nieuwe Kerk

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 13, 2005

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    Besides the Royal Thomb and the Gravemonument of William of Orange, the New Church offers more. There is a permanent exposition of religious items from the Netherlands, such as a State Bible. This translation of the original Bible was the first without a double interpretation, such as the first modern bibles were. In the Netherlands the bible got transalted direct from copies of the Dead Sea scroles and so not from interpreted versions in Latin. Furthermore remarkable are the glass-in-lead windows that show biblical scenes as well as memorable events from the royalties in the House of Orange and the Dutch history.

    Sparkling colours falling into the Nieuwe Kerk

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    High towers get a lot of attention

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 13, 2005

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    In 1536, the high tower of the New church became the doom of Delft. Lightning struch during a fierce storm and not only the tower was damaged heavily, but everything in Delft Westwards from the church burned down to the ground in the great fire of Delft. The initial apple on top (symbol of infinity) was replaced by a peak, that as well got struck by lightning in 1872. Only then the present top section of the tower was constructed, reaching a height of 108,75 metres and making it the second highest church within the Netherlands (only the Dom in Utrecht reaches closer to heaven with 114 metres). 356 steps lead to the higher ground from where a spectacular view over Delft can be seen.

    Tower in moarning during restaurantion works

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    Built by heavenly orders, legend of the New Church

    by Pavlik_NL Written Apr 13, 2005

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    History recalls the following legend that stood at the basis of the construction of the New Church:
    In Januari 1351 brother Symon (a strange beggar) meets Jan Col, that wanted to bring him some food. Symon mumbles to Jan Col "Don't you see the heaven's opening?" and both look up onto a shining golden church, devoted to holy mother Mary. Shortly after Symon dies, but every time that Jan Col is on the Market, he sees this golden church rising in front of his eyes, bathing in light. He descides that a church should be built here and two "Begijntjes" support him in this idea. After some persuations, the city governement allow it and constructions of a wooden church start. The New Church was a fact and later became larger, higher and more significant then the excisting Old Church. The wooden church always has been devoted to Lady Mary (in Dutch "Maria"), but the basilica came under protection of the holy saint Ursula.

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    Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), on holy Dutch ground

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Apr 13, 2005

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    And here we stand in front of a rising tower and an enormous church. The most remarkable building on the Markt as well as inside the town of Delft itself, is for sure the "Nieuwe Kerk" (New Church). It's significant two coloured tower is visible from The Hague as well as from Rotterdam and attracts many people to Delft, not in the last place, Dutch people that hold the royal family close to their heart (and most Dutch do). In the crypt underneth the church are the graves of the members of the Royal House of Orange. The church was the second in Delft and therefore called the "New Church". At first a wooden one (until 1420) when construction were already surrounding it since from 1396 until 1496 this stone variant slowly arose. Slowly, as every brich, every piece has been done by hand ! The fact that this masterpiece has been built in only 100 years, means a top job done by the constructors. Also reckoning with the fact that building such heavy church in swamp land, could have had disasterous effects. Only in 1933 new concrete fundaments have been put underneath the excisting building.

    Me with behind the New Church of Delft.

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    Nieuwe Kerk ('new church')

    by OlafS Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    The Nieuwe Kerk ('new church') was Delft's second parish church, and until the Reformation was called St. Ursula. Early in the 80-Years War it was confiscated by the protestants. The choir is now the mausoleum of the family of Oranje-Nassau, the current royal family, with graves of all Oranges starting with prince Willem I up to queen Juliana, who was buried here in 2004. The tower is one of the tallest in the country.

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