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Old City Hall, The Hague

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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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  • Had lunch here, the service is friendly and helpful, the food is reasonable and the taste mediocre. The food is on the table quickly. Value for money is ok.
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  • The building is still in use as I've noticed. It is also located close to the Central Railway Station, and right in front of it you can spot one big old Cathedral which is from the 18th or 19th centur...  more »
  • One of the still complete stylpanden of the Hague. Mainly used as a wedding venue. The rooms are beautifully decorated and you certainly looks like a walk through the property your eyes out on the decoration of the walls, paintings. Fantastic old mirrors .... of course as a bride take a last look at how beautiful you are for the big moment ... ...
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