In the “Nieuwe Kerk”

This is the interior of the Nienwe Kerk (“New Church”) in the old Dutch city of Delft, The Netherlands. A late gothic cruciform basilica, built in the years 1384-1495. The chancel has twelve pillars (representing the twelve Apostles). The nave of the church has sixteen columns (representing the sixteen prophets in the Bible). In 1536 the tower was partly destroyed but rebuilt, but the bells, the organ and the stained glass of all the windows was lost. When all was restored, in 1654, a powder-magazine close by exploded and another restoration was needed, this time parts of the walls included. In 1572 the church became property of the State Reformed Church. In 1660 a complete new carillon came in the tower. In 1839 a new organ, with three keyboards and 3,000 pipes. Finally in the years 1923-1937 the whole church, inside and outside, was carefully restored including the magnificent mausoleum with angels of black marble remembering Prince William I, which is on the other side of the church next to the entrance to the cellar where the members of the House of Orange are buried (with a few exceptions like Prince William III who was buried with his wife in the Westminster Cathedral in London).