Mention Delft and many people will think of the famous blue pottery from Royal Delft which has been in production for more than 350 years. Delft is also the seat of the House of Orange and burial place of William I, Prince of Orange, leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs in the 16th century. Delft’s most famous native son is probably Johannes Vermeer. Vermeer was born, lived and died in the city, and is buried in the Oude Kerk. In addition to his well known portraits he also painted two views of the city.
Like many ancient European cities Delft is dominated by churches. Delft has two grand structures, the Old Church and the New Church. The Old Church or Oude Kerk dates from 1246 with the massive tower a 14th century addition. The foundations were not sufficient to support the weight of the tower and as you can see from the picture below the lean is very evident. The straight turrets, rebuilt at a later date, make the tilt of the tower even more noticeable. Vermeer is one of the 400 people buried in the church.