Photographer's Note

Today I make a short sidestep from my Patagonia travelogue for this particular occasion...

This afternoon I had to do a bit of shopping, so after work I went to the centre of my hometown Delft. The sky had such a beautiful blue colour and the air was so clear, that I couldn't resist taking a few very touristic pictures of the Nieuwe Kerk (English: New Church) on the market square. I tried to find a creative viewpoint and walked for several minutes from one corner of the square to the other, but finally I just ended up in front of the city hall on the other end of the square to get a frontal view of the church. I have to admit that probably hundreds of tourists take this shot every day, so I felt a bit ashamed of taking this picture....;-) But I think it is a nice view anyway.

The Nieuwe Kerk was built in 1496 and is of major importance to the Dutch people, as it hosts the vault of the royal family. The first member of the family that was buried here, is our patriarch - the founder of the monarchy - Prince William of Orange. He was murdered in 1584 in Delft by a religious fanatic (yes, also in those years....). A large monument for him can be seen inside the church. Since October 2002 three members of the royal family were buried here: Prince Claus (the late husband of our current queen Beatrix), Princess Juliana (our queen's mother, former queen of the
Netherlands) and most recently Prince Bernhard (the queen's father). The burials were accompanied by very impressive ceremonies with lots of important people from all over the world, turning the city of Delft upside down as security was at the highest level.

The tower has a height of 108.75m. Due to the application of different kinds of stone, the colours of the tower are varying from very light to very dark. The upper part is dark, as a porous stone was used that easily gets polluted by dust and other particles in the air. It is possible the visit the church and to climb the tower, from where you have a beautiful view over the city of Delft and the surrounding areas. More information about the church is available at its website:

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