The New Church.
The other side of Spuiplein Square is the location of the New Church. It's called new, because, actually, it was built only several centuries ago. In the late Middle Ages the population of the Hague was growing constantly, that's why the Great Church and St Jacob Church soon became too small. In the 17th century a new church was built near the Spuiplein canal. The church was made in the Dutch classism style that was traditional for that time. The canal was closed, but the church still stands in a marvellous garden. By the way, the garden is the location of Spinoza's grave. In summer, a cozy terrace is opened under the shade of the church garden. You will also find the Stout cafe nearby.
Plein Square. Mauritshuis.
In the 13th century Plein was a large and beautiful garden named Graven Kooltuin. It was located right behind the Knights' Hall. In the 16th century the garden lost its beauty and glory because of numerous wars. It was abandoned until 1600, when prince Maurits ordered to turn it into a flower garden. In the 17th century this territory was sold and building works started there. First, it was planned to build up the whole area, but Governor Frederic Hendric objected this idea. He wanted to create something innovate, like in Paris - it had to be a quadrangular square, surrounded by houses. Though, as the time passed, the original buildings were changed for the new ones, but the square has kept its primordial shape. In the centre of it you will see the monument dedicated to William of Orange.
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