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Delft is the ultimate Dutch town. Even more then Amsterdam or The Hague it reflects the history of the Netherlands. Due to a warm connection with the father of the fatherland: William of Orange, Delft became the town of the Oranges and therefore of the Dutch. It was also one of the once all-powerful V.O.C. ("Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie" = United East-Indian Company centres, from which wealth flew into the little country to make it in the 16th and 17th century the centre of the world (in trade at least). Delft blossomed, not only of the power and richness, but also in art and culture. This is the famous city of Johannes Vermeer, one of Dutch most famous painters.
Delft was one of the VOC-harbours and was the home of our earliest royalty. The "Prinsenhof" tells you about the father of the fatherland: William of Orange, where he lived ... and died, through the evil murder by the hitman Balthazar Geerards, hired by the Spanish. In the Delft "New church" the graves of our royal family can be visited and on the marketsquare in front of it's high tower the great cityhall shows the importance of the old Delft. Delft took wealth from over the whole world to it, but also gave something in return. "Delf blue" is exported all over the world and became one of the most famous porselan-types. Blue and white decorations that rallied over the globe and can be seen back in Chinese porselan and Russian tiles.
... but also an ideal place in the centre of everything interesting in Southern Holland. Delft is pressed between the bigger and steadily growing towns The Hague and Rotterdam (both only 20 kilometres distance). From here one easily travels by public transport (train, tram or bus) or by car to Delft. The old town's centre is definately worth a visit as it has a wonderful old centre full of Dutch history. Everything about this magnificent place can be read here on this page.
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