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  • 1 The Het Catharina GasthuisMuseum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Achter de Kerk 14

    This museum contains paintings (Jan Toorop, the Golden Age, the Barbizon and La Haye schools) and objects (intruments of torture, toys) illustrating the history of the city and its hospice. The bas-relief on the entry gate (Lazaruspoortje, 1609) repr..

  • 2 Stadhuis Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    This south-facing Gothic structure from the 15 C, restored in the 19 and 20 C, has a heavily decorated sandstone facade flanked by turrets and topped by a gable with a balcony. The steps in front of it (1603) are in the style of the Renaissance. The ..

  • The magnificent stained glass windows (16-17 C) of the Church of St. John are worthy of renown. Founded in the 13 C, the church was rebuilt after fires (1361, 1438 and 1552) and enlarged each time: this is the longest church in the country (123 m). T..

  • 4 Markt

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    The town hall, with its characteristic tall silhouette, dominates the middle of the central square. The square houses several markets, notably the cheese market and the handicrafts market. No. 27, the "Arti Legi" building, houses the office..

  • 5 Waag (Town Hall)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This classical structure was built in 1668 by Pieter Post. Its facade is decorated with a bas-relief representing the weighing of cheese, which used to be done here. The Waag houses the Kaasexposeum (the Museum of Cheese), which presents an overview ..

  • 6 The Moriaan Museum

    Museums and art

    Westhaven 29

    At the sign of the Moor (moriaan), which evokes a tobacco shop, this Renaissance house (ca. 1625) has been transformed into a museum of pottery and pipes (Aardewerk- in Pijpenmuseum). There you'll find a reconstructed and fully stocked tobacco shop a..

  • 7 Jeruzalemstraat

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    The Jeruzalemkapel (15 C) occupies the corner of the Patersteeg. On the opposite corner, note the former orphanage (the Weeshuis, 1642), now a library, that presents a facade of gables and volutes next to gate topped with a bas-relief representing tw..

  • 8 The municipal park

    Nature and gardens

    This park contains a mill (Walmolen 't Slot) dating back to 1832 that was used to grind grain and built on the site of a castle destroyed in 1577 (slot: strong castle). In the park, note the tree planted when Queen Wilhemina came of age (1898).

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