Delft City Hall

Delft, Netherlands

The City Hall in Delft is a Renaissance style former seat of the city's government, and still today the place where residents hold their civic wedding ceremonies. Originally designed by the Dutch architect Hendrick de Keyser, it was heavily changed over the centuries and was restored in the 20th century to its Renaissance appearance. The old city hall burned down n 1618, and since Hendrik de Keyser was working across the Markt at the Nieuwe Kerk, he was asked to design a new one.

There are some group portraits, and portraits of the counts of Orange and Nassau, including several by Michiel van Mierevelt (1567–1641), one of the earliest Dutch portrait painters, and with his son Pieter (1595–1623), a native of Delft. The oldest part of the complex is the tower covered in 'Gobertanger' limestone from Wallonia, a building material used often in important renaissance buildings in the Netherlands up to 1600. The tower, called 'De Steen', was originally built around 1300 and has decorative clockfaces from 1536 and the bells were made by Hendrick van Trier and Francois Hemony. The facade has a 'Justitia' statue. Under the tower is an old city prison where the assassin of Willem the Silent, Balthasar Gérard, was kept before sentencing.

Up the stairway and immediately behind the heavy wooden entrance doors is the Vierschaar, with a decorative painting of the Judgment of Solomon by Pieter van Bronckhorst.

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Markt 87, Delft, Netherlands
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Founded: 1618
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Netherlands

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Rutvik Sonar (4 years ago)
Must visit place in Delft City for it's interesting architecture and for it's history. It's right center of the city very much close to Railway station.
Attila Tényi (4 years ago)
Elegant and beautiful building. It is on the main square.
Elle Yuay (4 years ago)
Beautiful architecture. Such a lovely city. ❤️
Vyda O.G Adams (5 years ago)
The city hall is a lovely place at Delft with a lot of eateries around. The place is lovely during sunny days . I got a lot of lovely pictures for the city hall square. #memories
Aditya Sarkar (5 years ago)
This town hall is a really beautiful building in Delft. On a sunny day, you can see the intricacies of the architecture, and the red and gold really stands out. It is also across the square from the new church, so it's a great location! Definitely recommend checking it out during your visit.
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