The Netherlands

Nieuwe Kerk, Delft, The Netherlands

Like many “new” structures in the Netherlands, the Nieuwe Kerk is nothing like new. It began life as the Church of St. Ursula in the 14th Century. The tower, constructed between 1396 and 1496 was to plans by Jacob van der Borch – who was responsible for the Dom Tower in Utrecht – thus the two tallest church towers in the Netherlands (the Dom being the tallest).

In 1584 William the Silent – William I the founder of the Dutch Royal House – was entombed at the church in a monument design by Hendrick and Pieter de Keyser – since that date all members of the House of Orange-Nassau have been entombed in the Royal Crypt in the Nieuwe Kerk. Because of its status as Royal burial place the Nieuwe Kerk grew and grew in size and importance. Another person of great importance buried here is Hugo Grotius who was born in Delft in 1583 and whose statue stands in the Market Place outside.

The Nieuwe Kerk dominates the centre of Delft and is a focal point for the large Markt Square.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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