The New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) is situated as we learned yesterday at the big marketplace. In the New Church is the Royal crypt where all members of the Royal Family are buried. William of Orange, the Father of the Nation who was shot in the Prinsenhof in 1584 was the first Orange that was buried in the New Church. His tomb is impressive. The mausoleum was made between 1614 and 1622 and restored in 1997. The crypt is only accessible to members of the royal family after one of the stones is lifted and stairs are revealed to the burial grounds below.
|Royal crypt – impression|
The 16 stained glass windows are a sight to behold. I love stained glass windows. My nephew used to make them. Well not those in the New Church but as a hobby, he was quite good at it.
The tower of the New Church, with it’s 108,75 meters (the second highest church tower in the Netherlands) you can climb. There is a round staircase that is much too small for so many people (smile) and you can climb up several levels.
|Interior with the organ|
At the end of 2013 a thorough restoration of the New Church has started and it’s almost finished. The restoration budget is over 11 million euro. The Church itself has still a church function as there are services on each Sunday.