Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Delft N - Nieuwe Kerk





The New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) is situated as we learned yesterday at the big marketplace. In the New Church is the Royal crypt where all members of the Royal Family are buried. William of Orange, the Father of the Nation who was shot in the Prinsenhof in 1584 was the first Orange that was buried in the New Church. His tomb is impressive. The mausoleum was made between 1614 and 1622 and restored in 1997. The crypt is only accessible to members of the royal family after one of the stones is lifted and stairs are revealed to the burial grounds below.


 

Royal crypt - impression

  
The 16 stained glass windows are a sight to behold. I love stained glass windows. My nephew used to make them. Well not those in the New Church but as a hobby, he was quite good at it.


The tower of the New Church, with it's 108,75 meters (the second highest church tower in the Netherlands) you can climb. There is a round staircase that is much too small for so many people (smile) and you can climb up several levels.


Interior with the organ



At the end of 2013 a thorough restoration of the New Church has started and it's almost finished. The restoration budget is over 11 million euro. The Church itself has still a church function as there are services on each Sunday.






 

4 comments:

  1. I love stained glass also, Han. My dad made a coffee table with a piece of stained glass that was taken from an old church in the Colorado mountains. Wish that table was still around...it was given to my brother after my dad's death...have no clue what he and his wife did with it but they no longer have it. :( Thanks for sharing...bet the church will be awesome once it is fully restored.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. Yes I know all about people that insist on getting something and when they got what they want, it just disappears in thin air.

      Never mind, we have the memories, don't we Cat?

      Han

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  2. Beautiful church!

    Thank you for sharing all these beauty of your city, Han.

    Mona Lisa

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    1. Yes, it is big and beautiful and what is nice, it's still a church. Not a garage or something they make of churches nowadays.

      Han

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