Friday, 7 April 2017

Delft F - Facts and Figures

Characteristics of Delft

  • located in the center of South Holland between
    The Hague (9 km) and Rotterdam (14 km), 
  • along the A13 Motorway and A4 Motorway and Rotterdam The Hague Airport (10 km)
  • monumental, historic Town Center
  • fully equipped middle sized town
  • many knowledge-based companies 


 Surface area Delft: 24,06 m2
Population by sex:
54044 men
47000 women
0 transgenders (no registration)

Age distribution









History by numbers

1246   The 'Nieuwe Delft' is granted city rights
1250   Start building of the Old Church
1268   The 'Oude Delft' is granted city rights
1383   Start building of the New Church
1400   Building East Gate, foundation Delfshaven
1536   Great city fire
1572   Delft joins the revolt and will soon rank among the six great cities
1584   Willem van Oranje murdered in the Prinsenhof by Balthasar Gerards
1629   Piet Hein, conqueror of the Spanish Armada is buried in a mausoleum in the Old Church
1632   Johannes Vermeer baptized in New Church; The Delft School of painting, with Pieter de
           Hoogh, Jan Steen a.o. becomes world-famous
1645   Hugo de Groot, lawyer, dies
1654   Explosion Kruithuis (Gunpowder House)
1723   Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, 'the father of microscopy', dies
1842   Foundation of the Polytechnical School, the present Technical University Delft (TUD)
1847   Delft connected to Dutch Iron Railway
1869   Foundation Dutch Yeast and Spirits Works
1921   Large area expansion, annexation Vrijenban, Hof van Delft, part of Schipluiden
1948   Prinsenhof becomes Municipal Museum
1960   Area expansion necessary for the building of housing estates Voorhof and Buitenhof
1992   150th. anniversary TUD
1996   Delft 750 years city rights



  1. The only thing I ever really knew about Delft prior to your A-Z challenge was that it was in Holland and some beautiful china carried the same name. Thank you for sharing, Han.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. Glad you enjoy it Cat, I think most people are proud of their home town? I think I am.

      Thank you for your comment, as ever,


  2. You are positively increasing my knowledge of a lovely part of the world...thank you. hugs abby

    1. That is the advantage of the A-Z challenge Abby, you look upon your subject from many different angles.


  3. Thanks for the geographic lesson. Enjoyed.

  4. What a old town Delft is!
    So much history in that town.
    Wonderful !!
    Thank you,

    Mona Lisa

    1. Yes, it's old and therefore full of stories to tell and little facts to learn.

      Thank you for your comment,


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