Delft Day 1: The New Church (Nieuwe Kerk)

Delft has both a ‘New’ (Nieuwe Kerk) and an ‘Old’ Church (Oude Kerk).

Delft's old and new churchesThe tickets we purchased were good for both the ‘Old’ and ‘New’ churches, but we were told that the ‘Old’ church would be better next morning when the sunlight streamed through its many stained glass windows. So that afternoon we toured the ‘New’ church.

From the Markt (Market Square) the ‘New’ Church (aka Nieuwe Kerk) stands silhouetted against a brooding sky.
Church against a stormy sky in DelftDetail of the door of the New Church (Nieuwe Kerk).
Door of the New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) in Delft, HollandA chandelier in the new church reflects the many arched windows.
Chandelier in the New Church in Delft, HollandFrom the brochure we discovered that construction on the ‘New’ church began in 1381 and finished in 1496, making us wonder just how old the ‘Old’ church was? Here is a grave marker from 1626.
Gravestone Marker in the New Church in Delft, HollandStained glass windows in the new church – in most countries these windows tell the stories of saints but these guys look like the kings and  local burgermeesters who contributed money towards the building of the church.
Stained Glass Windows in the New Church in Delft, Holland Now off for our first beers of the day!

More on our 2012 trip to Belgium (and Holland).

More on Holland (The Netherlands).

 

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