The city of Delft is known from its blue pottery, the University of Technology and painter Johannes Vermeer, famous for The Girl with the Pearl Earring.
A local hot shot started the city at a canal in the 11th century. A few hundreds years later the foundation of the current Kingdom of the Netherlands was laid here when William of Orange used Delft to lead the fight against the Spanish occupation of the low countries.
By 1581 the town became the functioning capital of the new independent country officially called The Seven Provinces. The resistance’s leader William of Orange was later killed in the hall of the Prinsenhof (see last picture below). He ws burried inside the New Church of Delft, a tradition that has been kept for the members of the Dutch Royal Family up till today.
Delft is a lovely city to visit, with picturesque canals Amsterdam is famous for, but Delft attracts less crowds. Delft Blue pottery is famous. The Delft University of Technology is leading, its solar powered car has won the international World Solar Challenge race in Australia almost every year. |
This story was originally published through Made By Magmar, a joint project of journalist/photographer Marcel Burger and engineer/editor/photographer Magdalena Pezdek, on 11 November 2017.