Old Church
Old Church

Old Church - Delft

N 52.0126536 / E 4.3560526

Officially, the Old Church in Delft dates from 1246; the year in which Count Willem II gave Delft city rights. 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 'Delf' (the old word for canal) along the watercourse. Civil servant Bartholomeus van der Made expanded the church in 1240 with two side aisles and a choir. In the following centuries, the church was regularly renovated and expanded into a beautiful Gothic basilica. A number of well-known characters from Dutch history are buried in the Oude Kerk, such as the 'Master of Light' Johannes Vermeer (1632 - 1675).

Did you know that the Old Church is also called the Old Jan or the Leaning Jan? This is because the bell tower has already slanted during its construction. Residents of Delft have long been afraid that the tower would fall, but fortunately the Leaning Jan has been made sturdy enough over the years.

Old Church
Old Church

Old Church
Heilige Geestkerkhof 25
2611 HP Delft

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Opening hours
Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday Closed

These opening hours apply from April to October. Check the website for current opening hours.

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