Delft - a sort of homecoming

Red Shutters of the Delft City Hall (Stadhuis van Delft)

Originally born in Delft, the Netherlands and having lived there for 27 years, Delft will always be special to me. For some reason, I never took any great photos while I lived there, even though it is a lovely 'miniature Amsterdam' that is full of history and has many photogenic locations and buildings. But on my 3rd visit back from New Zealand, I was determined to come back with some good shots, no matter how sick I was (thanks Delphi!).

Most mornings I got up before sunrise and walked to the historic city centre (de 'binnenstad') to take photos. Although the sunrises were never spectacular, I came away with some pleasing results.

The Delft City Hall (Stadhuis Delft) is a beautiful Renaissance style building situated on the Market Square in Delft, Netherlands. The red shutters make the city hall very distinctive. This part of the building dates back to around 1618-1620, but the bell tower dates back even further. The bell tower is covered in Belgian limestone that makes it stand out from the other parts and gives it its blue colour in the early morning. Plus, the facade of the City Hall (Stadhuis) in Delft, a Renaissance style building on the Markt.

The Delft City Hall (Stadhuis Delft)

The Facade of the City Hall in Delft

The Oostpoort (Eastern-Gate) in Delft shows the magnificent Gothic architecture and the grandeur of the city’s history. It's the only city gate remaining in Delft. It turned out quite difficult to get a decent reflection of the gate in the water. As soon as you walked towards the water, ducks would swim towards you and spoil the reflection.

The Oostpoort (Eastern-Gate) in Delft

The back of the Oostpoort

The Zuidergracht with the New Church ('Nieuwe Kerk').

The crooked Old Church of Delft is a prominant feature of the centre of Delft. The church tower - 75 metres high, and almost two metres off centre - ended up partly built on top of a former canal. This turned out not to be a sound foundation for the heavy stones of the tower, which started to subside even as it was being built in the 14th century. It is often referred to as 'Oude Jan' (Old John) or 'Scheve Jan' ('Crooked John').

Oude Delft and the crooked Old Church of Delft

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