The Hague was originally a hunting ground for the Dukes of the Netherlands. It became the heart of court life after Willem van Oranje built a castle in 1248. At the end of the 16th century, the city emerged as the Flemish capital during the uprising of the Netherlands against Spain. Between 1795 and 1813 it was held by France, and again became the center of court life, when in 1815 the Kingdom of the Netherlands was established, which included current Belgium until 1830. The peace conferences held at the City in 1899 and 1907 increased the already long tradition of the city as an international diplomatic and judicial center and led to the installation here of the International Court of Justice of the United Nations.
Nowadays in the city!
The Hague officially known as S ‘Gravenhage, is located about 50 km from Amsterdam and is considered as the third city of the Netherlands in terms of volume of inhabitants. It is a cosmopolitan and quiet residential city, the capital of the province of Zuid-Holand as well as the administrative capital of the Netherlands, the Academy of International Law of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands “Hoge Raad”, the International Court of Justice “Vredespaleis”, and residence of the Dutch royal family and almost the entire political curia of the country. When the Hague became in 1856 the seat of government was a small town around the Counts of Holland. That same reconstructed castle now rests in the heart of the city, surrounded by public buildings such as the Maurithuis and protected to the north by the remains of a moat that forms the Hofvijver lake. To the west is the coastal town of Scheveningen.
The Passage is the oldest indoor shopping center in the Netherlands, built in the 19th century, popular in major European and American cities.
Old Town Hall
A historic neighborhood that dates back to the 1560s in The Hague. The exterior of the buildings is quite attractive, offering a glimpse of local Northern Renaissance style architecture. It definitely works having a look if you have interested in this historical time period or architecture.
It is located very near to Grote Kerk and Binnenhof, making it convenient to see while sightseeing, shopping or dining in this area of the city.
The Hague is dotted with several palaces and the “Paleis Noordeinde” is one of them. He has belonged to the Royal House since 1609 when the State gave it to him as a gift to the widow of Guillermo de Orange. At present, the King of Holland uses it as a workplace.
In the 14th century the castle of the Dukes of Holland was protected by a double canal on one side, and the Hofvijver on the other. Three gate buildings gave access to the castle grounds, the current Binnenhof. Because the gate around 1420 was also used as a prison, he soon got the name Gevangenpoort. The Gevangenpoort was an important gate because it connected the court area with the village that bordered the Buitenhof.
The Buitenhof is a square in The Hague and borders the Binnenhof. Together with the Binnenhof, it is included in the Top 100 of the Rijksdienst voor de Monumentenzorg.
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