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Nieuwe Kerk

The Nieuwe Kerk (New church) was built between 1649 and 1656, as the first purpose-built Protestant place of worship in The Hague. When in the late Middle Ages The Hague's population grew, the Grote or St Jacobs Kerk (Large or St. Jacobs church) became too small. In the 17th century a new church was built by Pieter Noorwits next to the Spui canal, in the style of that time: Dutch-Classicism. The canal has disappeared, but the church still has a beautiful walled garden in which lies the tomb of Spinoza, the famous 17th century philosopher. Nowadays the church functions as a concert hall and a conference location: www.nieuwekerkdenhaag.nl (Dutch only).

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Taken on March 19, 2008