Oude Kerk
'Scheve Jan', detail van schilderij door Jan van der Heyden
Old Church

Old Church - Delft

N 52.0126536 / E 4.3560526

Officially, the Oude Kerk in Delft dates from 1246; the year Count William II granted city rights to Delft. But the Old Church lives up to its name as it is even older. In the year 1050, there was already a small church made of tuff along the watercourse the 'Delf' (the old word for canal). In 1240, civil servant Bartholomeus van der Made enlarged the church with two side aisles and a choir. In the following centuries, the church was regularly rebuilt and extended into a magnificent gothic basilica. A number of famous characters from Dutch history are buried in the Old Church, such as the 'Master of Light' Johannes Vermeer (1632 - 1675).

Did you know that the Oude Kerk is also called the Oude Jan or the Scheve Jan? That is because the church tower was already leaning during its construction. For a long time, the inhabitants of Delft were afraid that the tower would fall over, but fortunately the tower has been made sturdy enough over the years.

Oude Kerk
'Scheve Jan', detail van schilderij door Jan van der Heyden

Old Church
Heilige Geestkerkhof 25
2611 HP Delft

Contact details
T: 015 2123025)
E: info@nieuwekerk-delft.nl

Opening hours
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday Closed

These opening hours are from February to October. In November to January, the church is open Monday to Friday from 11:00-16:00 and Saturday from 10:00-17:00.

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