This Gothic style Church is the oldest one of Delft, the 75-meter tower of which is crooked quite a bit, well I should say a lot. Inside you can find several tombstones, almost 400 people are buried there, among them famous painter Johannes Vermeer. Don't expect anything huge though. Vermeer's tomb is the smallest one in the church. However, many other tombs are real marterpieces.
Admissions: For 2,5 Euro you get to see both the New and the Old churches. You also get a nice brochure with explanations
This is the oldest church of Delft. The parish church dates back to 1200. In the centuries that followed the church was much enlarged. The tower was added between 1325 and 1350.
And ever since the middle ages the tower is already leaning.
In the church you can find the tombs of such famous dutch seafaring men as Peit heyn and Maarten Tromp.
An entrance ticket costs 2,50 euro (2004) and that is a combined ticket with the New Church
The Oude Kerk (Old Church) was built way back in 1246. The famous Delft painter Johannes Vermeer has his final resting place inside the church.
Visiting hours are -
3rd of April until the 30th of October
Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
After the explosion in a powder magazine in 1654, the church no longer had stained glass windows. The crowning glory of the restoration between 1949 and 1961 came when 27 STAINED GLASS WINDOWS were gradually installed. The leaded windows of the Oude Kerk are regarded as the best work of the glazier Joep Nicolas. He made 25 windows all-together.
The "Liberation Window" in the end wall of the northern transept was the first to be installed in 1956 and was a gift from the Delft City Council. The two windows flanking the tower, representing William the Silent and Queen Wilhelmina, portray the glory of the House of Orange. The other windows have Biblical subjects.
This is a beautiful picture of the OUDE KERK with its reflection in the canal. The Bell or Bourdon is located inside the 75-metre tower.
Founded around 1200, the Oude Kerk is located on Heilige Geestkerkhof 25 in the centrum of Delft.
To photograph the Old Church is not easy as the streets are narrow and the buildings high. The harsh sun was a bother too.
So here I have an impression of the tower.
This late gothic church is from the 12th century. Indeed older than the Nieuwe Kerk! The tower is famously crooked and is nearly 2 metres from standing straight.
One of the famous Dutch painters is buried here: Johannes Vermeer. He has immortalised Delft and himself with his brilliant paintings of Delft.
And here is also the connection with my hometown Brielle because Maarten Harpertszn Tromp, the famous admiral born in Brielle, lies buried here too.
I did not visit inside this church, this time. The exterior though is much more interesting and attractive than the Nieuwe Kerk. But more about that later.
The church is originally from the 13th century but it has been extended many times. The beautifully carved clock tower is from the 14th century. The Gothic north transept dates from the start of the 16th century and it was designed by Anthonis Keldermans. The floor has many 17th century gravestones (watch your step - I fell while looking up and walking!!) These include Johannes Vermeer, Admiral Piet Hein and A. van Leeuwenhoek.
The ticket for the New Church in Delft also allows you to visit the Old church which is only a short walk away. - more info to follow
Originally a wooden building it has an official history dating from 1246. It was then that Bartholomew van der Made started rebuilding and extending the parish church and from then onwards the church bore the name of the patron saint of its founder, St. Bartholomew. Four building phases followed over the next 100 years, heralding in the current shape of the edifice, it was then the wonky tower was added though it was last restored in 1995.
The angle towers (the four on the extremities) were replaced around 1900.
The last picture shows the part where two unique bells hang, they are the Trinitas Bell (1570) and the Laudate Bell (1719).
The Trinitas (sometimes called Bourdon) Bell is the most exceptional of the two with its 7 metre perimeter and almost nine tonnes of weight. When a hammer chimes the hour and half hour, this is the bell you hear.
It isn't used at other times, except Royal funerals and such, as constant ringing causes such significant vibrations it might damage the building.
There's much to see inside the Oude Kerk apart from the stained glass. It has three organs. The main one, seen here, dates from 1857 and was built by the famous organ maker Christian Gottlieb Friedrich Witte. The three keyboards and 41 stops allow you to play 2,580 pipes!
The second pic shows the mausoleum of Admiral Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp, designed by Jacob van Campen. There's detail depicted the naval battle in which he perished in the middle of the white marble pedestal where his head rests on a cannon and his body is stretched across a ship's rudder.
The third picture is a detail from the pulpit. After the fire and the iconoclasts went through in the 16th century this was all that was left intact. It dates from 1548 and John the Baptist and five evangelists are depicted upon it.
The fourth one shows one of only six memorial inscriptions intended to commemorate distinguished towns folk. It's clearly dated 1600.
The last picture shows the tomb of naval hero Petrus Heinius, sometimes listed as Piet Hein or Pieterzoon Hein, and it stands in the main chancel. The plinth and statue were carved from a single block of marble. The coat of arms is listed in the guide book as being a black raven on a black gate against a golden background. In fact, on the tomb it's the white marble you see at the top.
The Old Church (De Oude Kerk) is just slightly older than the new church. It was founded around 1240 and it's Delft's oldest church: it's in romanesque style, I think. From far away it's really easy to recognise: its tower is leaning distinctively.
Inside you can see the tombstones of many famous Dutch persons: the admirals Piet Hein and Maarten Tromp, the Delft painter Vermeer, and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, the inventor of the microscope.
The Oude Kerk ('old church'), as its name suggests, is the oldest church of Delft. It has an impressive leaning tower in Flemish Gothic style and chapels and transept in rich Brabantine Gothic style. The church was built so close to a canal that a bridge had to be built to allow people to enter the church through the tower.
The Oude Kerk (Old Church), nicknamed Oude Jan ("Old John"), is a Gothic Protestant church in the old city center of Delft. Its most recognizable feature is a 75-meter-high brick tower that leans about two meters from the vertical.
The Oude Kerk (Old Church) is open for visits
April 1 to October 30
Monday up to Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday up to Friday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Feb-Mar Mo-Fr open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Adults € 3,50
Group (min. 20 pers.) € 3,00
Children (0 to 5 years) free
Children (6 to 11 years) € 1,50
Students (12 - 18 years) € 2,00
Students (19 - 25 years) € 2,00
Entrance ticket entitles you to visit the Nieuwe Kerk for free.
Dating from the 13th century, the Oude Kerk (Old Church) is easily recognizable by its 75m high leaning tower. Fearing collapse, the city council of the mid-nineteenth century had to be persuaded not have the tower pulled down to the level of the roof.
Yes, indeed, the tower of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) does not stand straight up in the air. The soft soil that can be found everywhere in the Netherlands has disbalanced the tower and extra support connections as well as stabilisators have stopped this proces. The 75 meters high tower is not anymore the highest in town, after the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) was built, but for many still the most graceful figure in the sky. Already around the year 1000 there was a wooden church here, but the present stone variant was erected in 1246. The church has had it's share in names throughout history as it was also known as the Saint Hippolytus as well as the Saint Bartholomeus (actually also the architect of the first construction). Remarkable are the four side towers, that have been restaurated in 1995 and ... in opposit to the crooked tower ... are standing straight up!
Within the tower of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) there are two special bells hanging. On the fourth floor, attached in an oak wood framework, the Trinitas bell is made in 1570. Besides it hangs the Laudate from 1719. The Trinitas is also called Bourdon and is the second heaviest and largest bell within the Netherlands (only the Arnhem remembrance bell is heavier and larger). The Bourdon weighs nine tons and has a diameter of seven meters. Softly the Bourdon is ringing the hours and it is hardly ever rang in full motion, due to the force that it has. The trembling of the sound is devistating to the monumental church if it would be rang regularly. However, with special occasions of the royal house, the Bourdon is heard ver Delft and wide surroundings. Recently they were sad occasions, when former queen Juliana, her husband Bernard and prince Cluas (husband of present queen Beatrix) were burried in Delft.