See the beauty of the old City-Hall of the Hague (from 1546 AD) which was much more inpressive than the new one and, still exists. The tower was added at the end of the 17th century.
The old building in Renaissance-style was a replica of the cityhall of Antwerp, exept it is much smaller (The Hague was also much smaller than capital Antwerp in the 1560's). People still marry here for its great architecture and romantic view. And notice the upper-most statue, ... it is the Goddess Of Justice ...
South-side Old City-Hall
See this sitting lady named Lammetje Groen or Green Little Lamb. She has been designed by sculptor Teun van Beijnum and was unveiled in 1995. It were the people of the neighbourhood (led by Cees de Brabander) of the area Rivierenbuurt, The Hague, who were responsible for this work of art. They could convince the municipality to choose for a lady statue ... for now a popular monument.
A young washerwoman who worked here ages ago and got famous as Lammetje Groen during the 16th century. Because of the white washing and the bleeched laundry led on the green meadows. The guys of the tow-boats saw these when approaching The Hague and named these after "green little lambs in the meadows".
Statue after a painting by P. Brueghel the elder "The Parable of the Blind leading the Blind" that we saw near the Palace Noordeinde - this may have been a temporary exhibition, I believe there were also a three dimensional Klimt and Dürer ...
The statue of Jantje, an illustration of a Dutch nursery rhyme: "In Den Haag daar woont een graaf, en zijn zoon heet Jantje". I've read other translations of the Dutch text on VT, but in my English translation I stick to the original metre (lines containing six or seven syllables) and I've copied the somewhat cripple rhyme of the original text:
In Den Haag daar woont een graaf
en zijn zoon heet Jantje.
Als je vraagt waar woont je Pa
dan wijst hij met zijn handje....
Met zijn vinger en zijn duim...
Op zijn hoed draagt hij een pluim
aan zijn arm een mandje,
dag, mijn lieve Jantje!
At The Hague there lives a count
Who calls his sonny Johnny
"Where's your daddy to be found?"
He'll point it out --- quite funny
Thumb and finger he will snap
Wears a plume upon his cap
Clinging to a baggie
Bye bye bonnie laddie!
See the entrance of the The Hagues Gymnasium Haganum, a grammar school where Latin could be experienced, yet, from 1394 in Dutch history time.
Ofcourse this beautiful building is not from 1393 ... it got built in 1905 - 1907, created by J. Vrijman and J. van Lokhorst in Neo-Renaissance style, with a classic tower inside. The entrance is made of wrought iron and got famous because of the heavenly Goddess Pallas Athena above the gateway, and the Latin quote ... inside the huge entrance-hall there are some other statues of Greek gods. I used to follow some Indonesian translation lessons here for about 3 years.
Because of its beauty people might think it is the Vredespaleis, Peace Palace, located at the Laan van Meerdervoort, The Hagues longest street. You can find more gorgeously created buildings along this street ...
Famous Dutch library (Royal Library - KB) in well-known white building ...
Just a 2 minutes walk from Central Station of The Hague, next to the Utrechtse Baan highway, you can enter the Royal Library (just get a day-ticket for free). It is closed at Saturday afternoon, Sunday and national days.
It is possible to use the KB-website, to get to the library, read reference works, make copies, prints. There is an exhibition area at "De Verdieping van Nederland" (open from 09.00 - 17.00 hrs, Sunday & Monday 12.00 - 17.00 hrs), and the restaurant "De Parade" (open Monday to Friday from 08.30 - 15.30 hrs). Special parking place for bikes ...
In the Filmhuis (House of Movies) you can watch movies that did not reach the usual cinema.
The Hague started the first Filmhuis in the Netherlands at 1989, and gathered movies from all over the world.
Only open at Saturday and Sunday at 13.00 hrs the place is right in the center of The Hague. The atmosphere is an easy-going-on one, very relaxed, nice public ...
When parking in the central Parking Place you can get an exit card for 6.50 Euro. From both the Central Station and Hollands Spoor Station it is about 1 10 minutes walk.
Lange Voorhout is a small avenue with trees and small grass areas. It has mostly governmental buildings and emassies on its sides and some musea at the end. In the summer, you will find a large number of sculptures from different artists there.
Isn't she beautiful? On top of the extraordinary monumental urban socle of the square Plein 1813 you see the "Virgin of Holland" monument with flying colours proudly standing in front of its lion, created by artist J.Ph. Koelman (1818-1893). In November 1863 one layed the foundation-stone and, the Virgin of Holland got unveiled on 17th. of November, 1869.
In 2004 she got a beauty clean-up by bronze-founder Bert Binder in Haarlem and, see how beautiful the national Virgin of Holland looks down for now, although you cannot watch her from close ... most people see her in a flash passing by by car, by bus or by tram! See her at my >>>
PUBLIC WOMEN - THE HAGUE
For any art-painter this building is very important, 'cause the PULCHRI STUDIO is "Home of The Hague Art Society". It was opened in 1901 and "toute La Haye" will come to see important paintings, to discuss and to buy these. Hopefully one day my paintings will be important enough ...
Open to exhibitions:
Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 - 17.00 hrs
This building houses the centre of music, dance, art and culture where you may enjoy exhibitions, theatre performances, dance, as well joining courses, classes and workshops of all kind of art disciplines. There are events for kids, special groups, and Koorenhuis do arrange festivals all over The Hague.
The Koorenhuis (Corn House) originally is from the 17th century and used to be the business house and storage for corn. Only the outer wall and entrance hall have been left when a modern building was built in the 19th century, and to put up the centre for music, dance, art and culture.
The Museum of Communication, The Hague, is an informative museum, where you can do different things, included for the kids with a lot of fun. The museum is an eye opening exhibition of visual communication with beautifully carved Lady-statues when entering. Coming exhibition is "Queen Beatrix - 25 years - in art" (until 31th of October 2005).
The Museum of Communication celebrated its 75th birthday last year on May 18th. The Museum for Communication focuses on communications, the latest developments in the fields of post and telephone, but also postal stamps and antique telephones. When visiting this museum you pass Panorama Mesdag (same street).
How to reach >>>
- Den Haag CS bus 4, 22 and tram 17, stop Mauritskade.
Then a 5 minute walk.
- Den Haag HS tram 8, stop Mauritskade.
Then a 5 minute walk.
Monday to Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday, Sun- & special days 12.00 - 17.00
Adults 6,00 Euro
Website in Dutch only!
Close-up Lady Statue
One Hooray for MUSEON. For Museon had celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2004. The former Museum for Education has become a popular scientific museum as well as a structural and highly valued partner in primary and secondary education. The Museon's collection now comprises 260.000 items.
My last visit was to admire the paintings/drawings of Rudolf Du Bonnett (a Dutch-man who had lived at Indonesian Bali) and, always visit the Museon to buy some great post-cards. Speciality ... when you sneak from the back-door you can visit the Omniversum, too ...
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Museon is closed every Monday (except during school holidays), Christmas Day and New Year's day.
The roundabout of Rijswijkseplein is known by every Hagenees (somebody original from The Hague). In old times this used to be the square of "Haagweide" just outside of The Hague and, the entrance to The Hague where you had to pay import-duties, when coming from Delft. The whole area just has been renewed in a way nobody does recognize Rijswijkseplein anymore ...
Here you can find the outstanding Student-apartment building "De Struyck", next to Hollands Spoor Station, created by P. Struycken, architect, and tile-design from C. Weeber (1996). It has 2 entrances. The Hague locals whispered it is the most ugliest building of The Hague ...
I've seen Escher's works in my life, but never knew who created them! Well, I know now, was nice to finally find it out. Shame on me!!! :-(
Visiting the museum is definitely a great experience, and be ready to spend there at least 2-3 hours, if not more.
In the museum itself, besides the works collection, you can keep your kids (and yourself) busy, putting them behind a computer with sofisticated games, created based on Escher's drawings.
And while in the museum, pay attention to the ceiling, not only to the walls, there's another nice surprise awaits you.
Admission fee for adults is 7,5 Euro. Worth every cent!!!!