De Oude Kerk (Old Church)
De Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)
De Oostpoort (Eastern Gate)
Museum Het Prinsenhof
Museum Nusantara
Rondvaart Delft (boattour)
De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles

 


 

De Oude Kerk (The Old Church)
oudekerk The Oude Kerk (Old Church), nicknamed Oude Jan (“Old John”), is a Gothic Protestant church in the old city center of Delft, the Netherlands. Its most recognizable feature is a 75-meter-high brick tower that leans about two meters from the vertical. The Oude Kerk was founded as St. Bartholomew’s Church in the year 1246, on the site of previous churches dating back up to two centuries earlier. The layout followed that of a traditional basilica, with a nave flanked by two smaller aisles.
During it’s build the foundations weren’t strong enough to support the building, and the church began to lean. As they continued to build the church they tried to compensate its lean on each layer of the tower, but it remains to this day that only the 4 turrets at the top are truly vertical.
The tower with its central spire and four corner turrets was added between 1325–50, and dominated the townscape for a century and a half until it was surpassed in height by the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church). It is possible that the course of the adjacent canal had to be shifted slightly to make room for the tower, leaving an unstable foundation that caused the tower to tilt.
By the end of the 14th century, expansion of the side aisles to the height of the nave transformed the building into a hall church, which was rededicated to St. Hippolytus. The church again took on a typical basilican cross-section with the construction of a higher nave between about 1425 and 1440.
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The Delft town fire of 1536 and the turmoil of the Protestant Reformation brought a premature end to an ambitious expansion project led by two members of the Keldermans family of master builders. This construction phase resulted in the flat-roofed, stone-walled northern transept arm that differs markedly in style from the older parts.
The great fire, iconoclasm, weather, and the explosion of the town’s gunpowder store in 1654 (see Delft Explosion) took their toll on the church and its furnishings, necessitating much repair work over the years. During one renovation, the tower turrets were rebuilt in a more vertical alignment than the leaning body below, giving the tower as a whole a slightly kinked appearance. The current stained-glass windows were crafted by the master glazier Joep Nicolas in the mid-20th century.
The church possesses three pipe organs, from the years 1857 (main organ), 1873 (north aisle) and 1770 (choir).
The most massive bell in the tower, cast in 1570 and called Trinitasklok or Bourdon, weighs nearly nine tonnes, and because of its strong and potentially damaging vibrations, is rung only on such special occasions as the burial of a Dutch royal family member in the nearby New Church. The massive bell is also sounded during disasters, when local air-raid sirens are sounded. This, however, does not happen during the siren’s monthly, country-wide test, which happens every first Monday of the month.
Address: Heilige Geestkerkhof 25, 2611 HP Delft
Location: See map and/or route
Website: Go to website
Open: January
Monday to Friday from 11.00 – 16.00 hours
Saturday from 10.00 – 17.00 hours
February & March
Monday to Saturday from 10.00 – 17.00 hours
April till October
Monday to Saturday from 09.00 – 18.00 hours
November & December
Monday to Saturday from 11.00 – 16.00 hours
Saturday from 10.00 – 17.00 hour
To see any change in the opening times, please check website.
Sunday closed.
Entrance ticket entitles you to visit also de Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)
Admission: Adults €3,50 Children (6 to 11 years) €1,50
Children (0 to 5 years) Free
Students (up to 25 years) €2,00
 
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De Nieuwe Kerk (The New Church)
nieuwekerk De Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) is a landmark Protestant church in Delft, Netherlands. The building is located on Delft Market Square (Markt), opposite to the City Hall (Dutch: Stadhuis). In 1584, William the Silent was entombed here in a mausoleum designed by Hendrick and Pieter de Keyser. Since then members of the House of Orange-Nassau have been entombed in the royal crypt. The latest are Queen Juliana and her husband Prince Bernhard in 2004. The private royal family crypt is not open to the public. The church tower is the second highest in the Netherlands, after the Domtoren in Utrecht.
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The New Church, formerly the church of St. Ursula (14th century), is the burial place of the princes of Orange. It is remarkable for its fine tower and chime of bells, and contains the splendid allegorical monument of William the Silent, executed by Hendrik de Keyser and his son Pieter about 1621, and the tomb of Hugo Grotius, born in Delft in 1583, whose statue, erected in 1886, stands in the market-place outside the church.[1] The tower was built 1396-1496 by Jacob van der Borch, who also built the Dom in Utrecht during the years 1444-1475. The monument for Hugo de Groot was made in 1781. The mechanical clock has 18 bells by Francois Hemony from 1659 and 30 modern bells. In the church tower there is a bell from 1662 by Francois Hemony with a diameter of 104 centimeters. In the tower there are also bells no longer in use, including 13 from 1659 by Francois Hemony, 3 from 1678 by Pieter Hemony, 3 from 1750 from Joris de Mery, and 1 from Gillett and Johnston from 1929. Don’t forget to climb the tower. On fair days you will have a stunning view over historical Delft and her surroundings.
Address: Markt 80, 2611 GW Delft
Location: See map and/or route
Website: Go to website
Open: January
Monday to Friday from 11.00 – 16.00 hours
Saturday from 10.00 – 17.00 hours
February & March
Monday to Saturday from 10.00 – 17.00 hours
April till October
Monday to Saturday from 09.00 – 18.00 hours
November & December
Monday to Saturday from 11.00 – 16.00 hours
Saturday from 10.00 – 17.00 hour
To see any change in the opening times, please check website.
Sunday closed.
Entrance ticket entitles you to visit also de Oude Kerk (Old Church)
Admission: Adults €3,50 Children (6 to 11 years) €1,50
Children (0 to 5 years) Free
Students (up to 25 years) €2,00
Admission:
Tower
Adults €3,50 Children (6 to 11 years) €1,50
Children (0 to 5 years) Free
Students (up to 25 years) €2,00
 
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De Oostpoort (The Eastern Gate)
oostpoort De Oostpoort (The Eastern Gate) in Delft, an example of Brick Gothic northern European architecture, was built around 1400. Around 1510 the towers were enhanced with an additional octagonal floor and high spires. This is the only city gate remaining in Delft; the others were demolished in the 19th century. It currently serves as an art gallery and private residence. Cyclists and pedestrians still use the gate. Close to the gate is the Zuidergracht, home of a dozen colorfull houseboats.
Address: Oostpoort 1, 2611RZ Delft
Location: See map and/or route
 
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Museum Het Prinsenhof
prinsenhof Museum Het Prinsenhof tells the story of William of Orange and his role in the creation of the Dutch Republic. You will meet the most important figures of the Netherlands Revolt (the ‘Eighty-Year War’) and gain more information concerning the major events of this turbulent period. By way of a collection of 17th century art and handicrafts you can discover the typically Dutch city Delft in the Golden Age.
Address: Sint Agathaplein 1, 2611 HR Delft
Location: See map and/or route
Website: Go to website
Open: Museum Het Prinsenhof is open from Tuesday until Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00.
The museum is closed on Queen’s Day (30 April), Easter Day, Pentecost, Christmas Day and New Years Day (1 January).
Admission: Entry Museum Het Prinsenhof
Adults: € 7,50
Children 12 to 18 years: € 4,00
Students/ISIC, CJP: € 4,00
Groups (15 or more): € 5,00
Children under 12: free
Cardholders Delftpas, Rotterdampas, members Rembrandt Society: free
Museumjaarkaart cardholders: free
Combination ticket for Museum Lambert van Meerten**, Museum Het Prinsenhof en Museum Nusantara
(** Please note that this museum is closed for the time being.)
Adults: € 10,00
Children 12 to 18 years: € 6,00
Students/ISIC, CJP: € 6,00
Groups (minimum 15 persons): € 7,50 per person
Children under 12: free
  
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Museum Nusantara
prinsenhof Museum Nusantara is the only museum in the Netherlands that focuses entirely on the history and culture of Indonesia.
Address: Sint Agathaplein 4, 2611 HR Delft
Location: See map and/or route
Website: Go to website
Open: Museum Nusantara is open from Tuesday until Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00.
The museum is closed on Queen’s Day (30 April), Easter Day, Pentecost, Christmas Day and New Years Day (1 January).
Admission: Entry Museum Nusantara
Adults: € 7,50
Children 12 to 18 years: € 4,00
Students/ISIC, CJP: € 4,00
Groups (15 or more): € 5,00
Children under 12: free
Cardholders Delftpas, Rotterdampas, members Rembrandt Society: free
Museumjaarkaart cardholders: free
Combination ticket for Museum Lambert van Meerten**, Museum Het Prinsenhof en Museum Nusantara
(** Please note that this museum is closed for the time being.)
Adults: € 10,00
Children 12 to 18 years: € 6,00
Students/ISIC, CJP: € 6,00
Groups (minimum 15 persons): € 7,50 per person
Children under 12: free
  
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Rondvaart Delft
rondvaart For decades Rondvaart Delft has provided guided boat tours through the old city centre.
During the 45 minute cruise the captain shares anecdotes and explains, also in English, about Delft and its various historical characteristics.The boattour takes you along old merchant mansions, through centuries-old arched bridges and many other historical sites. Complete with a verbal explanation, the canal trip is the perfect way to discover Delft. The boattour also provides an insight into the rich Dutch history.The tour will pass virtually all the relevant museums and historical places of worship. These are all on walking distance from the boat’s regular location. The Delft Blue Porcelain Factory de ‘Porceleyne Fles’ can also be reached with a canal tour.
Address: Koornmarkt 113, 2611 ED Delft
Location: See map and/or route
Website: Go to website
Open: The regular tour departs every hour starting at 11.00 a.m. The last tour is at 17.00 p.m. every day from April to October.
Admission: Prices per person and departures for the guided boat tour:
Adults: € 6,75
Children age 4 to 12: € 3,-
Children age 0 to 3: Free
Departures: Every whole hour from the first one at 11.00 h untill 17.00 h.
Duration: 45 minutes.
 
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De Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles
fles Royal Delft has opened the doors to the new Royal Delft Experience. Visitors can make a modern journey through the world of Delft Blue. Henk Schouten, CEO Royal Delft: “Our new Experience is a special encounter for young and old. Audio-visual presentations with special effects, special themed rooms and demonstrations by our Master painters mean that a visit to Royal Delft is interesting to a broad public.
Address: Rotterdamseweg 196, 2628 AR Delft
Location: See map and/or route
Website: Go to website
Open: 25 March 2012 – 31 October 2012: Monday-Sunday and public holdays 9am-5pm
Note: Closed on thursday may 31, 2012!
November 2012 – April 2013: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm
Closed all Sundays, 1 January, 25 and 26 December.
Admission: Individual visitors: € 12,00 p.p.
Children (with family) < 12 free Groups > 20 people € 9,00 p.p.
Guided tour max. 30 pers./guide € 35,00
Please note: free entrance to factory shop and lunchroom.
 
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