Old Church, Delft

Old Church, Delft (must see)

The Oude Kerk (Old Church), nicknamed Oude Jan ("Old John"), is a Gothic Protestant church in the old city center of Delft. Its most recognizable feature is a 75-meter-high brick tower that leans about two meters from the vertical. The Oude Kerk was founded as St. Bartholomew's Church in the year 1246, on the site of previous churches dating back up to two centuries earlier. The layout followed that of a traditional basilica, with a nave flanked by two smaller aisles.

The church possesses three pipe organs, from the years 1857 (main organ), 1873 (north aisle) and 1770 (choir). The most massive bell in the tower, cast in 1570 and called Trinitasklok or Bourdon, weighs nearly nine tonnes, and because of its strong and potentially damaging vibrations, is rung only on such special occasions as the burial of a Dutch royal family member in the nearby New Church. The massive bell is also sounded during disasters, when local air-raid sirens are sounded. This, however, does not happen during the siren's monthly, country-wide test, which happens every first Monday of the month.
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Old Church on Map

Sight Name: Old Church
Sight Location: Delft, Netherlands (See walking tours in Delft)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Delft, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Delft

Create Your Own Walk in Delft

Creating your own self-guided walk in Delft is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Delft Introduction Walking Tour

Delft Introduction Walking Tour

Delft is a beautiful medieval town with numerous old buildings, each with a long and interesting story. This typical Dutch city with canals and numerous bridges offers an exciting journey into the past. Take this self-guided walking tour to see the city’s most prominent landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Delft Galleries Walking Tour

Delft Galleries Walking Tour

Delft is a charming city with ample history and picturesque scenery that has inspired local artists for centuries. With numerous galleries the city’s art life is colorful and vibrant. Take this walking tour to embark on a fascinating journey into the world of visual arts in Delft.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Delft is a beautiful old town with lots of history reflected in its buildings. Old churches have dominated the skyline of Delft for centuries. Their stories are unique and interesting. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit the town's most prominent places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Delft Museums Walking Tour

Delft Museums Walking Tour

Delft is a beautiful city and a municipality in the province of South Holland. The city has a rich diversity of museums, such as the Museum of Mineralogy and Geology, Museum Lambert van Meerten, the Army Museum and others which present the city's historical past through fascinating exhibits. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit the best museums in Delft.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Delft is a romantic city with lovely narrow medieval streets which are packed with cultural venues such as the Vermeer Center, Kunst en Coach Gallery and Theatre de Veste. The city’s cultural life is vibrant and diverse. Fascinating exhibitions, fabulous theatre plays and other enlightening activities reflect local traditions and history. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles