The founding of the church
Old ChurchCategorie: Old Church
The story of how the oldest church in Delft was founded takes us right back to the dark days of the early Middle Ages. Around 1050, a tuff stone church of around 12 by 30 metres was probably already standing amid the settlements along the 'Delf'.
Around 1240, the civil servant Bartholomeus van der Made took it upon himself to expand the little church by adding two aisles and a choir. The Old Church is considered to have been founded in 1246, when Count William II gave the industrial little city of Delft its own charter.
At that time the church was still named after St Bartholomew, the patron saint of its founder. In subsequent centuries, the church developed into an impressive gothic basilica. But to this day, the Old Church retains a certain Medieval feel.