Although the new church is impressive in itself it is not that what it is most famous for. Since William of Orange's burial in this church it is the place where the Dutch royal members are buried in the crypt. You can't actually go there but when you've entered the church you can see next to the tomb for William, the entrance stone to the crypt and a lay-out of who is where in the crypt.
Normally you can also climb the tower but this one is under renovation for the moment and at least till summer (2004).
With an entrance ticket to this church (euro 2,50) you can also visit the Old Church.
Both churches are not open for visits on sundays.
There are two main churches in Delft, the new and the old church. The new church was founded in the 14th century and was completed in the 16th century. It's also an important church because a lot of the members of the Dutch royal family are burried here, like William of Orange and Prince Claus. You can go inside with a ticket that also gives you entrance to the old church and climb the tower. A ticket costs 2,50.
The New Church (De Nieuwe Kerk) situated on the Markt was built between 1383 and 1510. Climb the tower of the New Church! Enjoy the view at more than 356 feet high. When the weather is clear, you have a magnificent view over the glass greenhouses of Westland, and the cities of The Hague, Zoetermeer, Gouda, Rotterdam, the harbors and industry of the Rijnmond area and the North Sea.
The entrance price is € 2.50. This buys you a combined ticket which also covers the cost for the "Oude Kerk".
The Nieuwe Kerk is a church with a history!
It has taken more than one century to build the church as it is now, and less than half a century after it was completed there was this huge bolt of lightning in the tower. This caused a fire which not only destroyed the tower of the church but almost everything that was West of the Nieuwe Kerk. That was in 1536.
In 1654 90.000 pounds of gunpowder exploded in the Delft powder house. By this explosion the walls of the church were heavily damaged, as well as the roofs and the stained windows.
In 1872 there was another bolt of lightning that destroyed the new spire, after which the present 108.75 m high spire (356 stairs!) arose. The second highest church tower in the Netherlands.
Hurrying out of the way of wedding guests, I turn around and face the "New Church" at the other end of Markt square.
What's new about it? Nothing really. It's only because the other major Delft church the Oude Kerk (old church) is a bit older.
The Nieuwe Kerk in late gothic style was built between 1383 and 1510.
At the end of my walk I visited the church inside, but not just yet....
Nieuwe Kerk or new church.
This was built between 1383-1510. it has been restored several times:
in 1536 after fire damage and in 1654 after the arsenal explosion. A 100 metre high tower was added to the Gothic facade in 1872.
Hard to miss as it stands in the very heart of the town on the main square. Is famous for its very high bell tower (more than 100 meters) and crypt inside, which holds relics of Royal Dutch family.
No sightseeing inside the Church on Sundays.
The New Church (De Nieuwe Kerk) is actually not very much new, since it was built between 1383 and 1510. Inside you can see the burial chamber of William I of Orange. His tomb was designed by Hendrick de Keyser. two other interesting things about this church are the exhibition on the House of Orange and the history of the church and the tower. The tower can be climbed for glorious views over the market square and, in the distance, even Rotterdam, The Hague, and Gouda.
I wandered around the rear of the Nieuw Kerk and, with camera in hand, saw many possibilities, not the least of which was how to put your used coke bottles to good use (pic 2).
This “new church” was built in the 15th century. You can climb the 108 m tower and get a great view of the city (watch your step though, the stairs are pretty small).