The Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, Holland
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The Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, Holland

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The Nieuwe Kerk (new church) in Delft is built in the 15th century on the market of Delft in the center of the town. The tower is 108 meters high and it is the second highest church in Holland. It containes the shrine of King Willem van Oranje and beneath it is the tombe of the Dutch Royal family. 

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A: Delft Up theNieuwe Kerk

by Mark de Graaf, 40 meters away

Delft Up theNieuwe Kerk

B: Nieuwe Kerk Praalgraf Willem van Oranje

by Mark de Graaf, 40 meters away

The Nieuwe Kerk acquired its link with the House of Orange- Nassau more or less by chance. Shortly be...

Nieuwe Kerk Praalgraf Willem van Oranje

D: Delft Marketsquare

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 70 meters away

Delft Marketsquare

E: Het Vermeerhuis Delft

by Mark de Graaf, 80 meters away

Het Vermeerhuis Delft

F: Delft - Boule d'Orange Market Tournament

by Marco den Herder, 100 meters away

Delft - Boule d'Orange Market Tournament

G: Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

by Roberto Scavino, 110 meters away

Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

H: Delft Grote Markt on Marketday

by Mark de Graaf, 110 meters away

In Delft on The Grote Markt, every Thursday is the weekly market. On a day like this it can be really...

Delft Grote Markt on Marketday

I: Delft Grote Markt

by Mark de Graaf, 120 meters away

Delft Grote Markt

J: Delft Schaatsbaan Beestenmarkt

by Mark de Graaf, 150 meters away

Delft Schaatsbaan Beestenmarkt

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