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Culture of The Hague. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Spui Among the cultural attractions of the city we should definitely mention Gevangenpoort Museum, which is located in a beautiful castle of the 16th century. Gevangenpoort is a pretty grim, but a no less attractive institution. It offers to its guests the exhibition of most unusual torture instruments. You can also visit the cell where once has been imprisoned Cornelius Witt.
Discovering the architecture of The Hague from bird's eye view! Peace Palace, Huis ten Bosch, Nieuwe Kerk, Noordeinde Palace, Den Haag HS, Kurhaus of Scheveningen, all those monuments are defining the image of The Hague … Open
The famous three-naved church is not only an important religious landmark, but also a valuable architectural monument. Elegant stained glass windows and arches, beautiful coats of arms decorating the hall of the church - every piece of furniture here is a valuable museum exhibit. Peace Palace belongs to more recent architectural monuments. Nowadays the palace often becomes the place of conduction of significant business activities. One of the symbols of the city is a beautiful arch erected in the 19th century – the Passage. Next to this amazing sight you will find cozy restaurants and souvenir shops.
Fans of exciting excursions should not forget to visit the center named Omniversum. Here visitors can watch the explosion of a volcano, to fly on a spacecraft and plunge into the depths of the ocean - all thanks to the unique visual effects. Madurodam, a large museum complex under the open sky, is another place of interest that cannot be ignored. Every year more and more buildings and exhibits appear here. Beautiful miniature city is nothing else but a miniature reproduction of Holland. The opening of this unusual open-air museum took place in 1952. Since that time it has been visited by more than 10 million travelers. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk, Binnenhof, Kloosterkerk, Castalia, Hague University, as well as many others, they all become the world's cultural heritage objects and remain as iconic monuments for The Hague … Open
Lovers of thrill will enjoy a visit to the museum called "The prison gates". It is located in an old prison tower. Here visitors can see torture tools that have survived here, stroll through the deep dungeons, and see the cells in which prisoners have been kept. Art lovers will surely prefer to visit Mauritshuis museum that exhibits paintings by famous artists of the 17th century. Here you can see priceless masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer and Hans Holbein.
Den Haag Those tourists who choose to begin acquaintance with the city from the railway station are incredibly lucky, as the building of the Station Den Haag Centraal, is without exaggeration one of the most beautiful places in the city. If you wish to further explore the city, you can visit Mauritshuis, Haags Historisch Museum, and also Escher in Het Paleis. These are three museums that will “open the soul” of the city, thereby acquainting you with its history and culture. Among other museums that tourists will find interesting, it is worth highlight the chic “Louwman Museum” which will please motorists, as well as a museum with the simple name “Museon”, where even the youngest tourists will be most entertained (there is a collection of interactive exhibits here, stuffed unique animals and works of art).
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The Hague is the city of art and culture, splendid beaches and parks. It's nice to go to the Hague, Scheveningen and Cakedown at any season to laze in the sun, to walk across the beach or … Open
A beautiful outdoor museum can be found on the very shore of the North Sea. The sculptural composition based on the collection of Theo and Linda Scholten has been recorded to have attracted hundreds of tourists here for years. The sculptures themselves were created by the famous sculptor Tom Otterness. By the way, located nearby is Het Puntje, where the last scenes of the extremely popular film “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” were shot. Yet another interesting sculpture is located on Lange Voorhout, which is considered a street of diplomats (embassies of different countries are scattered everywhere). In addition to the monument, there are interesting shady alleys, as well as beautiful buildings here, among them; embassies, shops, and restaurants.
Those who like examining interesting samples of sacred architecture will be delighted with Grote Kerk. Despite the fact that the cathedral is rather modest, it is very cozy here. Also in this kind of place comes the understanding that the best place where one can find peace of mind should not be sought. It is impossible to imagine acquaintance with the Netherlands without visiting the symbols of the country. We are talking about mills, and in the political capital of the Netherlands are several interesting places of this kind – Molendriegang, Molen de Salamander and Korenmolen De Korenaer.
There are many interesting places and sights in The Hague, which are great for families with children. Park Duinrell is one of these places. The amusement park is located in the outskirts of … Open
Beautiful views of the beach can be admired from Skyview De Pier. Also, by going through the Celestial Vault, you can reach the edge of the sky – at least, so it seems because of the “surrealism” of the tunnel. Another interesting historical monument is Landgoed Ockenburg. In addition, a visit of sights interesting from an architectural point of view can be combined with a wonderful walk through the park with English landscape design. Hofje Rusthof also attracts connoisseurs of nature and remarkable architectural buildings. The historical quiet atmosphere and a charming garden await visitors.
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Peace Palace, The Hague

» The quadrangle building is built of granite, light quarry sandstone, and red brick.
»  There is a courtyard with a fountain bowl created in Copenhagen. There is also a garden designed like English landscapes.
»  In the Peace Palace, legal proceedings and arbitration court hearings take place. This place is an indisputable institution of justice incorruptibility.
»  Many countries contributed to the construction.
»  When the First Peaceful Assembly on the stability on the planet was organized, the initiator of the foundation of the public institution where court hearings would be held was the Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
»  Countries participating in the disarmament plan provided financial assistance to the interior.
»  Originally, the new building was sponsored by A. Carnegie, a big steel manufacturer. The French manufacturer developed a project and combined Roman and Flemish Gothic styles in the building exterior.
»  The building is faced with red-brick masonry. At the side, there is an 80-meter tower with a clock gifted by Norway and Sweden.

Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk, The Hague

» The Church of Saint Jacob, or the Great Church, is an old city construction.
»  It was mentioned as a stone building in the chronicles of the 13th century.
»  Traditionally, the baptism started in the period of the bathing of the royals still continues for the locals.
»  In the font, the Prince of Orange Willem-Alexander was baptized.
»  It is not known when exactly the religious building was built. The wooden church had already existed there in the 13th century.
»  At one time, the House of God welcomed Catholic worshipers. Then, St. Jacob Church became Protestant.
»  Over the years of its existence, the shrine was rebuilt and restored.
»  The interior impresses with stained glass windows. Two of them date back to the 16th century.
»  The preacher’s oak desk has been serving as a bishop’s seat since 1550. The pedestal of the seat depicts the beast with goat’s horns.
»  Wall panels are decorated with arms of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
»  In the hall, there are several organs.
»  The clock hexagonal belfry constructed in the early 15th century is 92 m high.

Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague

» In the city, there was the Big Church, as the citizens called it.
»  When the confrontation between Protestants and Catholics resulted in the victory of the Catholic Community and the Netherlands became independent, it was decided to build the new House of God. It was named “Nieuwe Kerk”, which means “New Church”.
»  The exterior should have matched rites of a new religion.
»  The locals asked the city council for building the church. The religious building started to be constructed near the river channel in 1649. The construction lasted 17 years.
»  According to the architect’s plan, the exterior of the building combines Renaissance and classic architectural styles.
»  In the room, there is an organ made in 1702.
»  In 1969, it was necessary to reconstruct the building to preserve its exterior and inner rooms. After the reconstruction, the church has been used as a concert hall.
»  In the church cemetery, there is the grave of the Dutch philosopher Spinoza. He came to The Hague to hide from the Jewish community, with which he argued about religious justifications.

Kloosterkerk, The Hague

» The House of God is famous for the fact that it was visited by many eminent people. The Queen attended some services. In 1625, Prince Frederic Henry’s wedding took place. In the territory of the church, there is the grave of Fahrenheit, the inventor of the thermometer. The lead sarcophagus with embalmed relics of the monastery founder has been preserved.
»  The church was built in 1397. The religious complex belonged to the Dominican Order.
»  Over the years of its existence, the Catholic Church had become Protestant and reconstructed many times. Long windows have been preserved to this day.
»  The vaulted doorway is 20 m long. The ceiling is almost 12 m high.
»  Monks had lived here until 1574. In 1588, the cavalry regiment occupied the building. Domes and galleries were removed and weapons were molded of them. Ammunition was kept here. One of the shells exploded once. The walls collapsed. Only one wall was undamaged. The monastery served as a hospital.
»  Gradually, the construction had fallen into disrepair. It was decided to demolish the building but worshipers stood up for it.
»  Today, the Kloosterkerk is the house for the Protestant community.

Noordeinde Palace, The Hague

» The royal family set its heart on one of the four palaces of its official residence. It is located in the city center.
»  The Noordeinde Palace was built as a modest farmhouse. It is evidenced by surviving stone walls.
»  Frederick of Orange, the Emperor’s grandson, decided to extend and complete the building. The best Dutch architects of that period were invited. They added additional premises to the main building on both sides. The palace was lengthened and had the shape of the letter “H”. The new owner purchased several plots adjacent to the mansion.
»  Over the years of its existence, the building had belonged to different hosts.
»  In 1813, the house became the property of the state. The Paleis Noordeinde served as a winter refuge for the royal family.
»  When the flag with a blue cross on the orange background is raised above the roof, it means that the Queen is in the country.
»  The Dutch King started to hold business meetings in 2013.
»  There is no free access to the house. You can take excursions only in summer. It is allowed to walk in the park, observe the paddock and carriages, and drop in the archive.
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near The Hague
♥   Palace 'Peace Palace' , 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Noordeinde Palace' , 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Kneuterdijk Palace' , 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Lange Voorhout Palace' , 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Huis ten Bosch Palace' , 3.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Royal Palace of Amsterdam' , 51.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in The Hague and around
♥   Art museum 'Museum Bredius' The Hague, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Mauritshuis' The Hague, 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Gemeentemuseum' The Hague, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Rijksmuseum van Oudheden' Leiden, 15.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen' Rotterdam, 22.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near The Hague
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van Sint-Bavo, Haarlem, 39.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Grote of Sint-Bavokerk, Haarlem, 40.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint-Josephkerk, Haarlem, 41 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Nicolaas, Ijsselstein, 52.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H.H. Agatha en Barbara, Oudenbosch, 57.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de Sint-Jan-de-Doper, Oosterhout, 62.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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