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Stained glass in the main cathederal in Delft

Very high, arched ceilings

The town Hall of Delft

The square in the old part of Delft

A canal in Delft

Another church

A famous Dutch painter lies beneath the floor of the cathederal

The crypt where the Royal family of The Netherlands are interred

In the catherderal (Left)

In the cathederal (Right)

Anther church in Delft

The tower leans to the left

17th century houses line the streets (Left)

17th century houses line the streets (Right)

Many people have been entombed in morsuleums

"... the streets of Delft"

"Delft has a lot of history" (Left)

"Delft has a lot of history" (Right)

Delft has a lot of history. The city has a core that is known as the old quarter. It is by far the most interesting part; full of activity, sounds and things to see, eat and do.

Why two photos? Well, they are a stereo pair. If you look at then and allow your eyes to de-converge (That is, let the images cross over each other until you see three pictures instead of two (It takes some practice)) you will be able to see the centre, composite image in 3D.

Walking through the streets, it is difficult not to be bowled over by a cyclist; not through any fault of theirs but because your attention is constantly being drawn away from navigating the busy path by the smells of cafes and bakeries and the sights, in shop windows, of fine Delft porcalin, fashions and a thousand other colourful and intreguing items for sale.

The streets of Delft offer everything you would expect in a cosmipolitan european city, and more.

There are old buildings, thriving markets, historic landmarks and particularly beautiful churches and public buildings.

The Town Hall of Delft is spendid. It stands at one end of the square.

At the opposite end is a fabulous cathederal. Rob said, "Oh. You don't need to go in there. It costs you money." We checked and discovered that it was only 3 Euro each to see not only that amazing structure but the Oude Kerk (Old Church); an equally impressive and much older church that was a couple of blocks away.

I'm glad we checked. Looking through them has been the highlight of our trip so far!

The floors inside both the cathederal and the old church are covered with stones, adorned with designs and epitaphs, under which, from as early as 1602, the rich families in Delft have entombed their dead. Included is a famous Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer.

In the main part of the cathederal there is a large stone plate with iron rings at each corner. This is the entrance to the crypt of the dutch Royal family.

Light filters in through rows of stained glass windows reaching high over our heads and above them, as our gaze is drawn higher and higher is an exquisite arched ceiling. Organ music plays through hidden speakers and low, reverent conversations surround us.

Heading back to the car we saw more churches, big and small. Delft has always been an important city and so, has a large number of both Protestant and Catholic Churches. It is like the importance of a country town in Australia being measured by how many Pubs it has.

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