Although it may not be on many travel wish lists, the small town of Delft is one of the Dutch gems of historical and cultural heritage.
Because it is located close to two major cities – commercial ports Rotterdam and business The Hague, it is very easy to reach. It is only a 12-minute drive from Rotterdam Central Railway Station.
It is also known as mini-Amsterdam, since it is surrounded by numerous canals, instead of cars everywyou can see bicycles, and it is adorned with low buildings characteristic of the 16th and 17th centuries.
It wasn't until the 17th century that Delph was one of the largest and most important cities in the Netherlands, but with the strengthening of Rotterdam and The Hague, it lost its significance after that time. How important was once enough is the fact that, since William Silent, the founder of the Oranje-Nassau dynasty, to this day, members of this royal house have been buried in a new church in Delft.
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The golden age
Delft was important 17th century artist hub and many important representatives of the Dutch golden age of painting lived and worked in it. The most significant representative of the so-called delft schools it was Johannes Vermer, who was born in it. Among the many important representatives of the golden age who lived and worked in Delft were Peter de Hoch, Frans Hals, Jan van Gojen, Karel Fabricius and Nicholas Mas. They created “genre” paintings, depicting scenes of the daily lives of workers and women with children, as they engaged in their daily tasks.
Delft Blue Ceramics
Delph is known for production of delfware, porcelain-glazed pottery, blue and white. The production of vases, plates and decorative tiles began in the 17th century and became a very lucrative business. Delftware is still being produced today.
Some of the most beautiful images of the Dutch Golden Age are in the Prinsenhof Museum. This used to be a medieval monastery, and is also known as the place wit was executed the assassination of William the Silent In 1584. Bullet holes from this incident are still visible on the main staircase. The museum has permanent exhibitions of textiles, ceramics and silverware from the glorious period of the city. Much of the collection is dedicated to the origin and history of delftware.
In the wake of Vermer
Johannes Vermer, who painted the famous Girl with a pearl earring, was born and lived in Delft. In his honor, the city has designed a five-stop tourist tour, during which visitors can learn more about this fascinating artist.
Vermeer Centrum is the only place in the world wreproductions of all Vermer's works can be seen under one roof. The museum also explains the complete history of the artist and his entire family. And the Vermeer Centrum building itself is significant, as it used to be Guild of St. Luke, a craft association to which Wermer and his father belonged. The old town church houses the original Vermer tombstone. The painter died in 1675 and was buried in the family grave with his three children.
It's 10 minutes from downtown the port of Hookaide, the site wWermer painted some of his most famous works. The view can also be enjoyed from the comfort of cozy local cafes. For an all-weather experience, a hotel Johannes Vermeer Hotel offers a menu inspired by a famous artist.
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Old and new church
The history of the city is related to de significant buildings – the old and the new church. The old church (Oude Kerk) was built in 1050 as a simple wooden structure, but in 1246 a 75m high Gothic building with a tower was erected.
According to a 14th-century legend, a beggar and a man who gave him some food together had a vision of a golden church dedicated to the Virgin, and in that place was erected the new church (Nieuwe kerk). Its history is related to the history of the Oranje family, whose tombs are located right The top of its 85m high tower offers spectacular views of Delft and parts of Rotterdam.
Royal Museum and Delphware Factory
A visit to the last factory (of the former 17) that produces the original delftware is mandatory during a visit to the city. It is a 15-minute walk from the Old Quarter, a beautiful green path by the canal. Ceramics are made by hand, and the museum within the factory describes the rise and fall of a once very lucrative industry. The museum collection is full of objects from different periods of production, and they are in one room sculptures by contemporary artists, which combine classic and modern techniques. It is especially interesting a replica of Rembrandt's Night Watch made with ceramic tiles.
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Blue and white ceramics is one of the obvious choices for original souvenirs. For those on a tight budget, maybe some of the better choices are famous cheeses. In addition to the classic cow, sheep and goat milk cheeses, exotic variants are now being sold in specialist shops – with truffles, hot peppers, coconut, pesto, Italian herbs and honey.
I Dutch chocolate is known for its high quality, and tare more chocolate shops in Delft wproducts are made by hand and packaged in very attractive packages.
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