Springtime in Holland

Day 4 - Hoorn, Kerkplein and Nieuwstadt

The historic heart of the city and the main shopping area

Kerkplein which runs into Nieuwstraat is one of the main shopping streets although there are some residential houses too. 


Hoorn  Hoorn

The Saturday market is held on Nieuwstraat.




Tucked away behind the market stalls is the C17th Statenlogement. This was originally part of the monastery of St Cecilia and later the city hall until 1977. This is now used for wedding ceremonies. 


Also on Kerkplein is the C19th Grote Kerk, which is no longer a church but hosts a food market. 


Twees Huys, is in Korte Achterstraat which is a continuation of Nieuwstraat. It is next to Mariakapel. The complex dates back to the C15th when it was an orphanage. There are figures of two orphans above the door. The Mariakapel burnt down at the end of the C19th and was rebuilt. It ceased being a church in 1990 and became a cultural ccentre. The ‘Landing Man’ on the top of the roof was placed there at that time.
Hoorn   Hoorn

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