Leaning Tower of Pisa in Delft and the Grand wooden pulpit (Delft Series – Part 2)

Hello Everyone πŸ™‚ I hope you are enjoying the Delft series just as much as I am enjoying it. In my last post, i spoke a little about the Old Church (Oude Kerk ) and the beautiful stained glass paintings inside the church. If you havent read it, i recommend you read it first . You can click Delft Series 1Β .Before i hop into our next destination, i have a little more to share about the Old church πŸ™‚ I didnt want to put this in the previous post and make it long. I hope its okay with you. Now moving into the details …:)

The Old Church is also known as Delft’s “Leaning tower of Pisa”. The church was given this name because of its crooked construction. Β Honestly, the first time i looked at the tower, i didnt notice the defect in construction . Its only after i read about it and then looked up again did i feel that it was leaning. I definitely lack an eye for detail !The leaning edifice was a great concern for the residents and general public fearing the tower would tumble. The municipal authorities planned to abolish the towers , but later on settled for restoration. The tower has now been stabilized and closely monitored. The surroundings are so beautiful and you can surely get some great clicks there with the towers and canal in the background (typical dutch) πŸ™‚


The Leaning tower of Delft

The Leaning tower of Delft

A sun down capture

Another thing we cannot afford to miss inside the Old Church is the grand pulpit. For those of you who dont know, a pulpit is Β a raised enclosed platform in a church or chapel from which the preacher delivers a sermon. I have been to hundreds of churches and seen so many pulpits but nothing was as special as this one. Apparently, the pulpit in this church is recognized to be one of the finest in the Netherlands. The wood carving on the five panels are precise are grand. The middle panel shows John the Baptist while the four side panels show the four evangelists. Each Evangelist has an own symbol too. Mathew – angel , Mark – Lion, Luke – Calf and John- eagle )

The pulpit !


Mark - Lion

Mark – Lion

Mathew - Angel

Mathew – Angel


John the Baptist


Luke – Calf


John – Eagle

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and this post πŸ™‚ More delft stories coming up. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

Bye for now !

Miss Jose

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    November 4, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Beautiful pics.

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    November 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Love that beautiful wood work. Nice travel photos. πŸ™‚

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      Miss Jose
      November 4, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks so much Meera πŸ™‚

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    November 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Amazing creations in wood. They have a good 3D effect. Great travel pics.

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      Miss Jose
      November 4, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Indrani…:):) yes, the wood carvings are amazingly done with precision πŸ™‚

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    November 4, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    A good Post with Excellent Photographs!

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      Miss Jose
      November 5, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Thank you very much Sir :):)

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    November 5, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    A sleepy me read the heading as Delhi πŸ˜€
    I love how this one looks especially the top with clock! It brings the vampiric feelings to me πŸ˜€

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      Miss Jose
      November 5, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Hahaha Delhio?? πŸ™‚ Yeah even i love the top wit clock..its very common in Europe though…even the simpest churches look fabulous!

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        November 5, 2015 at 6:32 pm

        Yes, saw a lot of them at UK, but still wanted a lot more of them πŸ˜€

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          Miss Jose
          November 5, 2015 at 6:41 pm

          Oh yup! UK has a lot of these πŸ™‚

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    November 18, 2015 at 3:06 am

    It doesn’t lean a lot, does it?
    The woodwork and the details are amazing.

    Btw the alter and the pulpit is different?

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      Miss Jose
      November 18, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      The lean is not much..i hardly noticed it at first! the woodwork is truly amazing…!! The altar is the central elevated place at which religious rites are performed . The altar has the main statue and blessed sacrament. The pulpit is usually on the side and thats where the readings take place…Pulpits were also found in Shakespearen times ..they are public speaking platforms were speeches are given! πŸ™‚

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