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Oude Kerk Delft

To the left of the choir is the monument of Admiral Maarten Tromp (d. 1653), erected by Rombout Yerhulst and Willem de Keyser from the designs of Jac. van Campen. The Admiral was the victor in thirty-two naval battles, the last of which, fought against the English (at Terheide, 1653), and the occasion of his death, is represented on the monument. After defeating the English fleet under Blake near the "Dunes" in 1652, he caused a broom to be hoisted to his masthead, to signify that he had swept the channel clear of his enemies.

Piet Hein (d. 1629), the admiral of the Indian Company, who in 1628 captured the Spanish "silver fleet", with its precious freight valued at 12 million florins is commemorated by a monument in the choir, executed by Pieter de Keyser, eldest son of Hendrik de Keyser. The Latin inscription records that "like a new Argonant he fetched from the new Colchis the Golden Fleece of the King of Spain".

A monument with a medallion-figure (in the vestibule) marks the tomb of the naturalist Leeuwenhoek, a native of Delft (1632-1723).

The Oude Kerk (Old Church) is open for visits.

Address Oude Kerk Delft:
Heilige Geestkerkhof 25
2611 HP Delft, The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 (0)15 212 30 15

Visit the official website of the Oude Kerk Delft.

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