Standing for nearly eight centuries, Old Church represents the oldest building in Delft, whose leaning tower is one of the city's major symbols. Located in the old city center, the Gothic church nicknamed "Old John" sits on the site of a much older wooden structure, likely founded around 1050. Approximately 400 of Delft's famous citizens lie entombed inside, including painter Johannes Vermeer and physicist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. Other notable features include three pipe organs and a 16th-century bell that produces such powerful vibrations that bell-ringers only sound it for burials of Dutch royal family members and natural disasters. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Old Church and many more Delft attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Delft tour planner.
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  • Impressive, I find the old church (13th-15th century), popularly called they also called ' ' large church ' '. Striking is the leaning tower. Especially beautiful is the baptistery with its stained-glass Windows. l
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  • Just out from the station of Delft, Saturday 06/08, I immediately admired the Gothic spires of the Oude Kerk (old church), unfortunately packaged by scaffolding for the renovation work. Is one of the symbols of the city and Majesty you can admire fine by buttresses along its entire perimeter. The belfry wrong I could only decipher observing the variety of sources taken. I will definitely be back to see her naked.
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  • We visited the Oude Kerk with a combo ticket bought at the Nieuwe Kerk. The stained glass windows are beautiful, modern (1950s -1970s), so colours are vibrant and content really easy to access. Defini...  more »
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  • Beautiful church with lovely stained glass and tombs on the floor as you walk around. Ticket purchased will include the "new church" about 5 minutes away.
  • Beautiful church in downtown Delft, the inside is wonderful and the floor is tomb after tomb dating back hundreds of years. The detail in the woodwork is amazing. If you enjoy churches, this is well worth your time.
  • Interesting spot, few beautiful items, stained glasses and last but not least, a tomb stone of Johanes Vermeer
  • Wonderful experience. Very magical place!
  • You're entry to the new church will also grant you entry to the old church. It has such a rich history and you feel slightly guilty for walking over the gravestones that line the floor. Years of food traffic have smoothed and polished the granite and marble. Each time I've visited the church, there has also been exhibitions of local artists in the premise

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The most popular accommodations in Delft cluster in the historical town center, a compact area heavily booked on the weekends and during the summer. Make your arrangements well ahead if you wish to stay there, or explore the guesthouses near the main train station if you prefer to travel without prior reservations. The city's long- and short-term rental houses, which often cost slightly more than centrally located hotel rooms, offer an affordable alternative for families in need of more space and privacy.
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