Landscape of History and Architecture
Delft was a 13th century village that evolved to what it is now from the allure that made William I (Prince of Orange, one of the masterminds of the 80-year Dutch War of Independence against Spain in the mid-17th century) to live in the city when he was the most prominent figure of that period. From this piece of the Netherlands’ Middle Ages history and its strategically positioned walls and monuments in the Middle Age, Delft now boasts of medieval architecture with its surrounding cafes and bars perfect for outdoor dining.
The most imposing structure is the 15th century Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), the Dutch Royal Family’s tomb site since the murder of William I in 1584; a landmark with the second highest tower in the Netherlands. It stands right in the centre of the Markt, with the peak of its tower accessibly by a hearty climb through a narrow, spiraling staircase.
Life, as with anything, comes at a cycle. Year by year, lifetime by lifetime, there’s a cycle that we all go through; just like how seasons change from one to another in a matter of a quarter of a year. And that’s what makes our years—as well as the cycle of life—beautiful: something we can look forward to. And when it comes around, we make the most of it—like how we enjoy the four seasons.