Photos of Delft

click here Boat tour Delft in Photos click here
The Tour boat quay is located at Koornmarkt.
From the water you have beautiful view on the old town centre.
The trip viewed in photos goes from Koornmarkt to Wijnhaven, Hippolytusbuurt, Voorstraat.
Turning at Kolk then over the Oude Delft Canal, passing Prinsenhof and Oude Kerk to the Armamentarium.
Then turning again floating back over the Koornmarkt.
Boat tour website

click here Photos around the Nieuwe Kerk click here

Photos show some views on the Nieuwe Kerk ("New Church") and of the beautiful bridge at Vrouwenregt.
In the Nieuwe Kerk the members of the House of Orange are burried.
On the tomb the beautiful mausoleum of Willem of Orange is visible.
More photos of this church are visible in the Marketsquare item

click hereWindmill de Roos at Phoenixstreet. click here

In the sixteenth century at the place of windmill the Rose (=Molen de Roos) there was a wooden mill.
This mill was broken down in 1679 and a larger one was built thereafter.
The wooden six-sided upper half of the latter mill was replaced by a circular brick construction before 1822.
This is known because the brick construction is visible at a drawing of Balthazar Joosz wich was made in 1822.
There was an extensive restauration of the mill in 1990.
Nowadays there is a nice petfoodstore in the basement wich also sells different kinds of flour for human consumption.
One can visit the windmill freely when the blue flag is hanging.
From the mill you have a nice view on the town centre of Delft.

click here Photos of Voorstraat and Hippolytusbuurt click here

The Voorstraat runs parallel to the Oude Delft Canal along the rear side of the Oude Kerk.
It forms one continuüm with Hippolytusbuurt wich ends at Cameretten.
At Hippolytusbuurt one can find the Tourist Information Office located next to the old fish store.
From here you can have a nice view on the Old Church, Cameretten and Town hall.
Beautiful Chestnut blossoms in spring!

click here Photos of the Oostpoort click here

The Oostpoort, East gate was built around 1400, the towers being erected around 1514.
Originally eight town gates were built around Delft, the Oostpoort being the only remaining one.
It is situated at the end of Oosteinde and has a small adjacent public garden.

click here Photos of Bagijnhof and Hofje van Almonde click here

The old entrance of the Bagijnhof is located at the Oude Delft Canal.
The very small courtyard of Almonde dates from 1607 and is indeed a subcourt of the Bagijnhof.
You really have to do a search for it....
The current houses date from 1855.
When I deliver the Churchpaper every month and old lady tells me to close the entrance because dogs like to defecate on her lawn.
I advice you to do the same to keep her calm.

click herePhotos of Cameretten click here

Here you see photos of Cameretten.
You can find it between Hippolytusbuurt and the Market.
The word Cameretten originates in 1338.
At that time 4 Italian bankers from Lombarden, Northern Italy had their offices here.
Those offices were named Cameren .

At Cameretten you find the Vleeshal (Meathall) built in 1650 by Hendrik Swaef.
Beautiful sculptures of animal heads on the wall.
Visbanken, a fishstore since the 17th century is located here (old store, every day fresh fish).

click here Photos of Nieuwe Plantage and Kalverbos click here

Here you find photos of the Nieuwe Plantage and the Kalverbos.

The Nieuwe Plantage is the northern border of the old town centre of Delft.
Where it crosses the Vrijenbanselaan you find the Kalverbos with its old Elms.
This was a graveyard in ancient times.

With it's extensive lawns, flower beds and old trees it's worth a walk when you are looking for some rest.
Enjoy the photos.

click here Photos of Verwersdijk and Vrouwjuttenland click here

Verwersdijk and Vrouwjuttenland together are one continuous street with a canal separating the even and uneven side.
Waterlevel is closer to streetlevel and façades are lower as compared to the Oude Delft Canal.
This gives a nice view on the abundant waterlilys.
Each spring one can find nests of Grebes and Common Coots in this canal.

The Doelenplein is located at the junction of the two streets.
Here you can find Hotel De Plataan and terraces of adjacent restaurants and pubs.

Standing at Vrouwjuttenland one has a great view on the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).
In front of the latter you find the nice Microtheatre.

Click here Photos of Oude Delft Canal and Noordeinde click here

Here you find pictures of the Oude Delft Canal, for me most beautiful canal of Delft.
The Noordeinde and the Oude Delft Canal form one continuum separated by the Roosenbridge.

The beginning of the Noordeinde is opposite to the Watertower.
Here the royal funeral processions enter the old city.
The Oude Delft Canal crosses the old city centre ending at the Armamentarium.
The Oude Kerk (Old Church), and Prinsenhof are located here.

click here Photos of the Marketsquare of Delft click here

In winter 2003-2004 the pavement of the market was renewed.
The old sidewalks were removed so one large flat floor remained.
New lanterns were placed as were 4 trees in front of the New Church.
Parking places were removed so you can have a better taste of ancient times now.
It's a very nice place to be.

click here Photos of Oude Delft 167 click here

This late gothic dwelling house was built in 1505 and owned firstly by Jan the Huyter.
Later on the house was owned by Philps duke of Hohenlohe wich was married with a daughter of Willem of Orange.
Memo: the Prinsenhof were Willem resided and was murdered is only 100m away.

Since 1650 the Delft regional Water and Dike Board resides in this building.
This Water Board had far reaching powers in all matters concerning building dykes, ditches, canals, windmills, maintaining water levels and generally with the annual upkeep of all systems.
The institution still owns an extensive collection of ancient charts and maps of the Delfland region.
Its costly sandstone facade is exuberantly adorned with all manner of shields and ornaments.

At first you see 4 pictures of the Old Delft side of the building.
The other 4 pictures are made from the opposite side of the building wich' entrance is on the Phoenixstreet.
Here is the main entrance for the personnel.

click herePhotos of the Courtyard of Klaeuw (Dutch: Klaeuws hofje) click here

Former charity court for Roman Catholic spinsters and widows.
Terrain adjacent to Oranje Plantage and Oostpoort was bought in 1594 by the couple Dirk and Elisabeth Uyttenhage.
They were owners of the brewery "In the Klaeuw".

The charity court was founded in 1605.
At that time Dirk had already passed away.
His wife took over the administration of the court untill she died in 1631.
After the whole family Uyttenhage had died away in 1710 it was administered by Roman Catholic governers.

It was renovated from 1960-70 and the entrance was relocated to the Oranje Plantage.
The smallest houses were combined two by two to larger ones.
Since 1973 it belongs to the Catholic foundation for elderly persons and singles

Photos are made spring 2004.
Pictures 1 and 6-17 made by my friend Jaques Chapel.

click here Photos of the Prinsenhof click here

Here you can see some photos of the Prinsenhof with its entrance at Oude Delft Canal opposite to the Oude Kerk.
In the Prinsenhof Museum Willem of Orange was shot to death by Balthasar Gerards in 1584
This museum preserves the record of Dutch struggles to throw off the yoke of Spanish occupation between 1568 and 1648. There are impressive tapestries, silverware, pottery, and paintings.

The white building houses the Nusantara Ethnographical Museum.
A collection of ethnographical objects from Indonesia.
Because Indonesia was a Dutch colony, Dutch academics have been specialists in this area for many years.
The collection includes such beautiful objects as wayang shadow puppets and ceremonial attributes.
The benches in the museum gardens are a nice place for a picnic lunch.

click here Photos of van der Mastenstreet and Courtyard of Pauw click here

The almshouses and courtyard were built in 1707 with a generous gift of the estate of Elisabeth Pauw.
She was a daughter of burgomaster Jacob Pauw and widowed firstly by Johan van der Dussen and later by his cousin Dirk van der Dussen who were both burgomasters of Delft.

The courtyard is located behind the van der Mastenstreet and the entrandce is on the Paardenmarkt.
The quiescent atmosphere is very appeasing.

click here Photos of Zuidwal, Schie and Armymuseum click here

Pictures show you a view of the southern end of the Oude Delft Canal, the Armamentarium and the perpendicular road called Zuidwal.
Some pictures are taken from across the Rhine-Schie Channel.
This is where Vermeer painted his View on Delft.
Trying to repeat this scene with my camera was disappointing because an ugly appartement building spoils the View of views.
The Armamentarium (Armymuseum), the large white building was built in the 17th century as a weaponarsenal.

More info about Armymuseum

click here Photos of the Kruithuis (Gunpowder storage) click here

The Kruithuis you see in these pictures was finished in 1661.
Seven years earlier, on 12 October 1654, the old Kruithuis, a gunpowder storage, wich was located in the citycenter had exploded.
This explosion devastated a large part of the town and caused hundreds of casualties.
Thanks to her prosperity Delft was able to repair the damage.
As a result most of the remaining historical buildings date from this period.

The new Kruithuis, you see here, has been built along the Schie, far away from the town.
It was developed by architect Pieter Post

click here Photos of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) click here

The Oude Kerk (Old Church) is located at the Oude Delft Canal.
The Prinsenhof entrance is opposite to the main entrance of the Oude Kerk.
In the Oude Kerk Johannes Vermeer was burried (died in 1675) as well as many Dutchmen of historic importance.
The beautiful tower is in Dutch named Scheve Jan (Oblique Jan).

Some pictures of the Heilige Geest Kerkhof and Oude Kerkstraat are present in this item.
When you visit Delft you should not miss this place!

Official site of the Oude Kerk.

click here Winter photos of Delft click here

These winter pictures of Delft were made on februari 2004 and March 2005.
It gives the old town an even older look.
Tragically the last 10 years we had only a few days with snow.
It is a mixed item with pictures of different places.
I hope you like the winter pictures of Delft.
Pieter Haringsma