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Monday, January 26, 2009
The Hague 1. Big or Saint Jacob Church
The Hague time! I will start with on of the skyline features, de Grote of Jacobs Kerk, the Big or St Jacob Church. I passed this building by on a daily basis.
The church is one of the oldest buildings dating from 1200. It is still in use by the Dutch Reformed Church, but for special occasions. It is indeed a very big church, from the inside it has a typical Protestant interior, white and with not much decoration.
It is a building you can rent for 'fitting occasions' so sometimes there is a book fair, exhibitions, meetings etc. I can recall there has been also a CD presentation, which actually was a huge party. When I passed by you saw party goers enter and the medieval windows were tinkling away due to the dance beat.
I have been there ones with a Christmas celebration that was a special occasion because the building was really jammed with believers. The Church is used by the Royals for weddings and baptisms.
City in the west of the Dutch province Utrecht, founded by the Romans in 40 AD as a castellum at the Northern Fronteer of the Roman Empire. Received city rights in 1372, forensic city for North and South Holland's bigger cities, 33.650 inhabitants.
Woerden Community contains the towns and villages: Harmelen, Kamerik and Zegveld.