What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Friday, June 29, 2018

A Dutch Girl Goes to Holland: The Hague, Arts and Architecture

~ The Secret Attic Church~

:: This unsuspecting home hides a huge secret.  In the attic of this merchants home, a church was built in 1663 in secret, during a time when it was unsafe to worship openly.  

Persecuted individuals were also hidden away during World War II in this building.

The Dutch kitchen 
(I get my tiled kitchen from no where strange!)

But in the attic:

~ The Rijksmuseum ~

:: Possibly my greatest disappointment, this Museum was SO massive and SO extensive and we could devote only 1 1/2 hours to see it.  Obviously, we saw just a small fraction of what was available.   I left wishing we had devoted an entire day to touring it a bit more properly and feeling a little bit heart-broken.


~ Begijnhof in Amsterdam~

:: The Begijnhof is an enclosed courtyard dating from the early 14th century.  Built as a santuary for protestant 'nuns'- women who wanted to devote their lives to the service of God but abstained from taking monastic vows.

The Protestant church (There was a Catholic church also- exactly opposite)

buried in the front of the church

At the train station~ 

~ The Hague ~

Parliamentary buildings

~The Mauritshuis Museum~

This was a much smaller, more accessible museum.  I prefered this Museum by far.  Getting to stand face to face with masterpieces.  No crowds to contend with. Time to linger. 

 Just me staring into the strokes of the masters.


It is still unfathomable to me that I was able to stand inches away from the very paintings that my children and I have enjoyed throughout their education.

My mind?  Blown.

And I can not ever be the same.


Hans van der Meijden said...

You have seen the most import paintings of the masters! Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Gogh, Potter! Great! It is a very special feeling when you are just inches away of their strokes.

Rozy Lass said...

Lucky, lucky you!!! Thanks for sharing your adventures. Vermeer is one of my favorites.

Psalms w guitar said...

Simply amazing! It's still stunning the depth of art and architecture which was produced in Europe when things flourished. So glad you had that experience!

Abigail said...

So the computer crashed, and then I was distracted, but now I'm back to finish looking and reading before I unleash the children on your posts. I wish I could remember the quote-- I'm pretty sure it's in one of Chesterton's essays, but John's not home to tell me-- about Americans loving old things, particularly old architecture. The thought of it made me chuckle as I ogled all the buildings and paintings in this post.

I am especially excited for you that you were able to soak up that art! Wow. Did you happen to see anything by Pieter Bruegel? One of John's favorites, and mine, as well. (The film The Mill and the Cross is also a favorite.)

Abigail said...

I keep returning to look at The Threatened Swan.
So beautiful.

And van Gogh's self-portrait! I see YOU, and you've seen it, so it's practically like I'VE seen it! :)

Amy Marie said...

Oh my goodness. I'm about to faint...sooo wonderful.