click here for contents
ECHO HILL STUDIOS
ARTIST: ANN KAHL
THE PRINSENHOF AT DELFT
Home of William of Orange
Ann Shreef; (I needed Theo's help with this):
The Prinsenhof was originally indeed part of a monastery
founded beginning 15th century by a community of Roman Catholic nuns
In 1572 the building was confiscated by the local (Protestant) government of Delft
and since then Willem of Orange stayed many times in the building
He had there, on the first floor, a room where he slept
and a room where he welcomed visitors
March 18 1584 a new stairs was build
between de dining room (on the ground floor) and the first floor.
July 10 1584 the Prince of Orange was shot and killed while coming down from the new stairs
The building since 1906 is the municipal museum of the city of Delft.
Hope this is the answer you were looking for.
This, I believe, is the entrance to Prince William's home at Delft.
And this, the PORTRAIT GALLERY
Here is the beautiful hall of stained glass windows
with the sunlight shining through
And here is a very short history of William of Orange,
exerpted from Wikipedia:"...G�rard returned in July 1584, having bought pistols on his return voyage
On 10 July, he made an appointment with
William of Orange in his home in Delft
nowadays known as the Prinsenhof.
When he left the dining room and climbed down the stairs
G�rard shot him in the chest from close range, and fled.
According to British historian of science Lisa Jardine,
he is reputed to be the first world head of state
assassinated through use of a handgun"
I tell you all this because of an extraordinary thing that happened to me
when my friend Beth and I visited the Prinsenhof
I knew the story of William of Orange;
how he had known someone was coming to kill him,
and had hidden away in the Prinsenhof at Delft
The story had assured that I would visit the Prinsenhof
When I had just crossed the hall from the portrait gallery
to enter the gorgeous hall of stained glass windows
I heard Beth say, "here's the bullet hole"
I turned to look,
and as my eye caught the glass-covered hole
I felt the bullet pass through me.
I called out to Beth, "I felt the bullet", and she said,"Yes. I saw that."
It was a moment I shall never forget
Now here's an interesting knick-knack
These are the stairs to the basement
I found myself fascinated by the brickwork
forming the curving stairway
An outdoor luncheon spot for the residents
This is me
in the garden on a kind of loungy chair
made through the artistry of the tilemakers.
And here is friend Theo on the chair
This is a peek of the Delft chair through some bushes
And we say goodby to the Prinsinhof
c/o ECHO HILL STUDIOS
1554 Moselem Springs Road
Hamburg, PA 19526
e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org