About the ChurchAlthough the name of the church, the New Church (De Nieuwe Kerk), is not really so new. The truth is that it was built at all in the 15th century, but it is relatively new to the ancient church built a hundred years earlier - Ode Kerk. The church is located in Dam Square, at number 12, near the Royal Palace. It boasts in impressive Gothic architecture.
The reason for the establishment of the new church was the limited size of the Ode Kerk Church in the face of the city's growing population growth during the second half of the 14th century.
In 1408 Frederik van Blankenheim van Utrecht, the second church was erected. In 1452 the church was damaged and therefore it took years to rehabilitate it. Some of the last parts completed in the church were the stylistic elements of the Renaissance.
Today, the church does not provide church services for the community, but serves as a display space and historical monument. It hosts concerts, exhibitions and ceremonies, including those of the royal family. Admission is free.
Painting "View of Delft"In the painting by the painter Jan Vermeer, "View of Delft," you can see the new church where you stand now - the De Nieuwe Kerk, where the painter was baptized, along with the old one (Ode Kerk), in which he was buried. The painting was completed in 1661 and you can see it today at the Royal Gallery of Mauritius in the Hague, Netherlands.
The Coronation of King WilliamIn April of 2013 there was a particularly royal event in this church. About 1,000 journalists and masses of Dutch citizens wore orange (the royal color of the Netherlands) and came to applaud the queen and his heir apparent.
Queen Beatrix passed the crown to her eldest son - William Alexander, after 33 years of royalty, at a spectacular coronation ceremony. This was the first ceremony in Holland in the past 122 years. The coronation ceremony was held in this church, De Nieuwe Kerk, with the participation of distinguished guests and guests only. During the ceremony, the King swore allegiance to Parliament. There was great joy and excitement in the streets of the Netherlands, to the point of heavy security to maintain order. The air space over the capital was also closed for three days.