Delft Things to Do

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    Tower in the distance
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    From the rear
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    From the rear 2
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  • 1. Nieuwe Kerk

    This famous church, with the second tallest steeple in The Netherlands at 375 ft, is consecrated to St. Ursula, and faces the City Hall across the market square. By legend, the concept arose from the...

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  • 2. Markt square

    The central market of Delft is one of the largest market squares in Europe, 50x120 yards, and bounded on the short ends by the Nieue Kerk and the Stadthuis. On the long axes, stores and restaurants...

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  • 3. Delft Blue ceramics

    It is true! When visiting Delft you may not leave without visiting a shop, a boutique, a school or a museum full of Delft Blue. Most tourists do visit the Stedelijk Museum at Prinsenhof ... But you...

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  • 4. Oude Kerk

    The single statue fronting the Oude Kerk is a simple stylized image of a cloaked woman, Geertroyt van Oosten ( 1320-58 ). Born in Voorburch Holland, she was devout from childhood. After moving to...

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  • 5. Town Hall

    The Delft city hall, which underwent a 20th C restoration to the original Renaissance architecture, dates to the 17th C and architect Hendrick de Keyser following a fire in 1618 which destroyed an...

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  • 6. Prinsenhof

    It is within these walls that the man of whom much has been writ and said once trod. William of Orange, also known in these parts as William the Silent, led the resistance against Spanish rule in the...

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  • 7. Oostpoort

    Oostpoort can be translated as East Gate and is the last surviving of the city's former five city gates. Built around 1400 in brick Gothic style, the gate was used not so much as a defense structure,...

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  • 8. Canals

    The townhouses lining the Oude Canal remain true to principle of historic appearances, but most appear to have gutted and reconstructed interiors. Many exteriors have renovations as well, most...

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  • 9. Delfland water council house

    This was the next thing to catch my eye. In the 19th century people realized that polluted drinking water could cause cholera and typhus. They then came up with systems for the distribution of...

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  • 10. Hugo de Groot

    When you've finished ogling the tilted old church tower, this fine edifice is sure to catch your attention on the other side of the canal. For some reason I never went and photographed the plaque that...

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  • 11. Royal tomb

    Born in 1533, Willem of the House of Orange started a dynasty (after marrying Jan de Oude from the House of Nassau) whose descendants are still alive today. This particular Willem is actually King...

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  • 12. Waag (Weighhouse)

    Located at the center of many Low Country medieval cities, weigh houses were buildings for public control of the weight of goods, both for the safety of the principals in a transaction and also for...

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  • 13. Delft from above

    The lee side offered respite and I was taken by how much new Delft varied from its ancient centre. The church adjacent doesn't encourage visitors and is not on much of the literature available while...

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  • 14. Armamentarium

    History of this huge block started in 1601, when war against Spanish rule was tearing the Lowlands apart. The provinces of Holland needed arsenals and weapons storage buildings and the important town...

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  • 15. Vermeer Center

    The legacy of Johannes Vermeer is celebrated in a scaled reproduction of the building occupied by the Guild of St. Luke just one block off the Markt in Delft....

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  • 16. Vermeer Center - Works and Work

    The ground floor of the Vermeer Center houses the obligatory museum store, a small unpopulated cafe, and the service rooms. On the first floor, beautiful copies...

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  • 17. Maria van Jessekerk

    Neo-Gothic Roman-Catholic parish church.The Maria van Jesse church used to be called Sint Jozef church. In the 19th century the Delft area was split into two...

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  • 18. Gemeenlandhuis

    Around 1505 the house of the very wealthy Jan de Huyter, he was chairman of the polder board of Delft, was furnished with a façade of natural stone and a tower....

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  • 19. Remains of the old citywall: "Bagijne"-tower

    In medieval times the town Delft (then one of the larger and most important within the Netherlands, had a citywall surrounding the town and defending it. Three...

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  • 20. If you can't take the pressure ... let it flow ...

    The watertower of Delft is a significant building just oustide the old city centre. These towers were built in the 19th century to create the first water pipe...

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  • 21. Saint Hippolytus chapel of the holy spirit

    Meanwhile we should not forget the other side of the canal, where also interesting historical buildings are situated. In the first years of the 15th century...

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  • 22. The house of the V.O.C.

    Prosparity to the Netherlands came in an explosive growth after the V.O.C (Verenigde Oost-Indische Company) was founded. This first company in the world...

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  • 23. From "Vondelingenhuis" to "Inn for the Homeless"

    This remarkable 15th century building along the canal has had it's share of functions throughtout the time. The original place was, as one can clearly see in...

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  • 24. The rise and fall and rise of the Catholics

    Roman Catholic relgion is - after the natural (pagant) religions throughout Europe, the first widely spread believe. However, during the reformation the church...

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  • 25. Gemeenlandshuis van Delfland

    very large and luxurious late-gothic private house with stone facade and a nice turret. built for Jan de Huyter.largely about 1505. since 1645 seat of the Dyke...

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