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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.
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), on holy Dutch ground
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.
the new chuch
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.
It was colder inside the church than outside!
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).
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.
NIEUWE KERK - NEW CHURCH
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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De Nieuwe Kerk - The new church
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).
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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".
In the mix
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).
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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).
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