Kloosterkerk (Monastery Church), Hague

Kloosterkerk (Monastery Church), Hague

The history of the Kloosterkerk (English: Monastery Church) begins in the late 14th century. In 1393, the land where it stands was given to the Amsterdam St. Andrew Monastery, which sold it to the Dominican Order a year later. The Dominicans built on the site a monastery of their own, complete with the church, in 1397.

In 1420 the temple survived a raging fire, and in 1540 was expanded with an enlarged aisle and side chapels.

During the Beeldenstorm (iconoclasm of 1566) it was stripped of Catholic decorations and had only a handful of friars left on the premises – until 1574. In 1583, most of the monastery was demolished, but the church survived again. Abandoned for 12 years and deteriorated, it was nearly demolished.

Having subsequently served as a cavalry company shelter, a cannon foundry, and a munition store, the building was partially reinstated as a place of worship in 1617. On November 3, 1690, the munition store explosion destroyed all but a single wall.

In 1691, the Kloosterkerk was visited by King William III of England, and, in 1813, it had a regiment of Russian Cossacks temporarily quartered at.

The religious services were fully resumed in 1914, only to be suspended again, from May 1940 to 1942, under the German occupation of the Netherlands during WWII.

Between 1952 and 1957 the church underwent thorough renovation and had a wall between the nave and the choir removed.

In 1997, King Willem-Alexander had his Confession in the Kloosterkerk, and more recently, Princess Ariane was baptized here in 2007. The former Queen Beatrix also occasionally visits to attend services.

In 2002, a memorial plaque for Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, a 17th-18th century Danzig (Gdansk)-born physicist and inventor, buried at the Kloosterkerk, was unveiled.
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Sight Name: Kloosterkerk (Monastery Church)
Sight Location: Hague, Netherlands (See walking tours in Hague)
Sight Type: Religious
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