Delft

Delft

The birth place of one of the most renowned Dutch painters of the Golden Ages – Johannes Vermeer – also a place of inspiration for most of his artworks.

The town’s association with the House of Orange started when William of Orange (Willem van Oranje) took up residence in 1572. The orange colour is now associated as the colour of the modern day Netherlands.

Delft is mainly known for its historic town center with canals and for Delftware (Delft blue pottery).

 

Het Prinsenhof

A national Museum of The Netherlands. Formerly a monastery and also a place of resistance against the Spanish catholic domination in the  XVI century. Home and  main stronghold of Willem van Oranje , his command post and ultimately the place of his murder. It houses a numbers of paintings and objects giving testimony to those days.

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Porcelain craft workshops

One of the most famous symbols and images of Delft is the blue porcelain. Thousands of plates, bowls, vases, jewelry, figures and numerous other objects  – all decorated with specific characteristics  identifiable as Delftware. The oldest workshops dates from ”The Golden Ages”” and are symbols of old craft tradition.

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