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The charming Delft was founded in the
1075. This city with a population of 85.000 inhabitants is justifiably famous for the
blue-and-white pottery that Italian immigrant potters began making here
in the 1600s.
Delft is also closely associated with the Dutch Royal Family, as it is a
true "Oranjestad" (city of Orange-Nassau, the name of the Dutch
dynasty). In the city's Nieuwe Kerk (New church) is the Mausoleum of
William of Orange
(called The Silent - 1533-1584), the "founding father" of the Dutch
Nation. Delft was also home to one of Holland's greatest painters,
(1632-1675) whose "view over Delft" is one of the
masterpieces of Dutch painting.
The historic city center is of course the greatest attraction of Delft.
It is crammed with 17th and 18th Century houses, streets that overlook
canals, magnificent public buildings,
outdoor markets, and a surprising
number of museums for such a small town.
include: the "Grote Markt" (market) , the lively and historic
marketplace in the heart of town, the "Oude Kerk", a Gothic church that
was begun in the mid-1200s and completed in the 1500s, the "Nieuwe
Kerk", where you can climb the church tower for a great view over Delft,
the " Prinsenhof", a former convent where William of Orange was
assassinated in 1584.( today, the restored building houses Delft's
municipal art museum), the "Stadhuis", or city hall, which was
built in 1618-1620 around remnants of the old town hall (including a
13th Century prison tower), the Waag, once the town weighhouse and now a
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