In the 14th century, people in the Dutch city Delft decided to build a new church, near the existing older church. The churches are still known as the Old Church and the New Church (Oude Kerk and Nieuwe Kerk, in Dutch). Last week on Photo Friday I shared photos of the Old Church of Delft, today I have some of the New Church.
Under the New Church is the royal burial vault. It is the final resting place of the members of the house of Orange-Nassau, starting with William the Silent. Inside the church are burial monuments for some of the people entombed here, including a large monument for William the Silent.
On the photos, top to bottom: The New Church dominating the Markt (the central square of Delft), the church tower seen from the Markt, the statue of Hugo Grotius in front of the church, the entrance to the royal crypt (closed to the public and only opened during royal funerals), two photos of the monument for William the Silent, a detail of the burial monument of King William I (who is buried in the royal vault), tomb of Princess Pauline (who was buried in Berlin in 1806, but transferred to the royal crypt in 1911), burial monument of Hugo Grotius (his vault is underneath), and a church chandelier.
The Oude Kerk, or Old Church, in the Dutch city Delft, was built in the 13th century. It is known as the Old Church since the 14th century, when a new church was built nearby.
The Old Church is a gothic church with a leaning tower, built as a catholic church, but protestant since the reformation. Under the church are many graves and burial vaults, and several famous people are entombed here.
On the photos you can see, from top to bottom, a detail of the exterior, the main entrance, two interior shots, and details of the vaults or burial monuments of naval hero Piet Hein, scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek, painter Johannes Vermeer, naval hero Maarten Tromp, Elisabeth van Marnix (daughter of Marnix van St Aldegonde), and physician Reinier de Graaf.