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  • 1 Stadhuis Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 8801 LA Franeker

    This charming structure was built in 1591 in the Dutch Mannerist style. It is graced with a double gable and topped by an elegant octagonal tower. The walls of the 18 C council chamber (the Raadzaal) and the wedding hall (the Trouwzaal) are covered i..

  • 2 A planetarium Interesting

    Museums and art

    NL - 8801 LA Franeker

    Eise Eisinga, a wool comber who was fascinated by astronomy, undertook in 1774 the construction of an ingenious device that made the movement of the stars appear on the ceiling of his living room (finished in 1781). He was able to achieve a surprisin..

  • 3 Martena Museum

    Museums and art

    Voorstraat 35 NL - 8801 Franeker

    Occupying the historic Martenastins, this municipal museum honours the memory of Anna Maria van Schurman (1606-1678), an illustrious entomologist and draughtswoman. The history of the former university is illustrated there by portraits of professors ..

  • 4 Martinikerk(St. Martin's Church)

    Religious buildings

    NL - 8801 LZ Franeker

    The pillars of this Gothic church are covered with 15 C paintings (of figures of the saints). The ground is strewn with many tombstones, richly sculpted in the Friesian style.

  • 5 The Weeshuis (a former hospice)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 8801 Franeker

    The overdoor contains inscriptions from the 17 C. Nearby, Cammingha-Stins is a lovely 15-16 C residence that today houses a bank. Don't miss the coins and medals gallery on the first floor.

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