William of Orange
1533 - 1584
William of Orange is also known as the 'Father of the Fatherland'. His connection to Delft and the New Church happened purely by chance....
1598 - 1653
Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp was perhaps the most high-profile naval hero in Dutch history. In an era of international tensions and...
1880 - 1962
Wilhelmina was queen for almost 58 years: the longest reign since the start of the Dutch constitutional monarchy in 1813. She led the...
King William I
1772 - 1843
In around 1800, the era of the stadholders was over in the Low Countries. Napoleon Bonaparte was edging closer from the south… But...
1577 - 1629
There is a famous song to celebrate the achievements of Piet Hein, with the lyrics: ‘Piet Hein, his name is small, his deeds are great,...
Clara van Spaerwoude
1529 - 1615
Clara van Spaerwoude is inextricably linked with the history of Delft. She even has a street named after her. Van Spaerwoude was best...
Anthony van Leeuwenhoek
1632 - 1723
Anthony van Leeuwenhoek is best known for perfecting the microscope. But he is also credited with other groundbreaking scientific...
Hugo de Groot
1583 - 1645
Hugo de Groot is known as one of the greatest ever legal experts. His famous works, such as 'De jure belli ac pacis’ and ‘Mare Liberum’,...