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Old City Hall, The Hague

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Government Building Historic Site
The Old City Hall in The Hague is a Renaissance style building on the Groenmarkt near the Grote Kerk. It is the former seat of the city's government, and still today the place where residents hold their civic wedding ceremonies, and where the Royal family register their family births. Less noble families do this at the current city hall located in the large white building on the Kalvermarkt, near the Public library.HistoryThe picturesque town hall contains a historical picture gallery. The building was considered very large and imposing in its day; just after it was built in 1566 Lodovico Guicciardini referred to The Hague as the most beautiful, richest, and biggest village of Europe. This sounds like great praise, but The Hague was not a walled town and therefore Guicciardini categorized it with the villages. For a village the city hall must have seemed quite grand. The fact that The Hague was thus vulnerable to attack makes it all the more amazing that the old City Hall survived the Protestant Revolution without damage to older ornaments and windows.The interior of the building underwent several changes over time, including restoration of the interior decorations that ended in 1773. The statues on the facade depict "Faith", "Hope", "Love", "Strength", and "Justice". They were made by the Hague sculptor Jan Baptist Xavery before 1742.Numerous paintings and objects from The Hague's artists of the Confrerie Pictura can be found inside the building.
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  • A historic building of character sat in the centre of this bustling city worth a walk around if you are in the area though some construction work at the moment.  more »
  • A nice old building in the city center of The Hague. You can take nice pictures and also have an inspiration on the old Dutch architecture  more »
  • During our stay in Holland last spring, we also visited Den Haag or the Hague, political center of the Netherlands. We started our exploring of the Hague with the building of Old City Hall or old Town...  more »
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  • On the location of the town hall was previously the town's Castle of the powerful lords of Brederode. At some point (1392 or 1393) is the House, however, seized by the count Aalbrecht of Holland, because of the role of one of the men in the murder of his mistress Aleid van poelgeest. It was given to the village of Haag craft to use as the "Indoor vanscoy". The Hague Dorpshuys existed until about 1560. Then it was decided to build a new town hall: this happened between 1561 and 1565.
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Where to stay in The Hague

True to its role as the residence of the Dutch king, The Hague offers accommodations fit for royalty. The five-star hotels in the historical town center provide spacious rooms loaded with modern amenities, as well as easy foot access to most of the city's cultural sights. The Hague's elegant seaside resort of Scheveningen offers even more lodging options for travelers wishing to indulge themselves during their trip. If you're visiting on a limited budget, explore the city's economical guesthouses and youth hostels.
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