Local Heart, Global Soul

March 7, 2015

s-Gravenhage … The Hedge Where The Storks Hang Out…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Hague has three names… It’s official Dutch name is ” s-Gravenhage”  (The Count’s hedge) but locals call by the shortened older, but more modern name of  “Den Haag” (The Hedge) , and of course the name in English is “The Hague”.

I found a good, easy (and short) explanation on a Dutch language website, so have translated it here for you:

“The 17th century name give to The Hague refers to  “des graven hage” or “the count’s hedge”, named after the Count of Holland.

The older name was Den Haghe (“the hedge”), which continues to be the name of the city in modern use, although it’s more usually written as “Den Haag”.

The symbol of the Hague is the stork.

Even as far back as the 14th century there are accounts that detail the local government’s intention of restoring stork’s nests but it only started actually happening in the 16th century.

The  stork is on the coat of Arms of the Hague and the earliest known example of it is on the coat of arms found cast into the tolling bell ” Jhesus”  which was cast in 1541 and located in the St. Jacob’s Church. After 1586 The Hague wax seals show a stork with an eel in its mouth. The current arms Hague still shows the stork with a eel.”

The image of the stork is to be seen all over the city… here are a few that I have found…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%27s-Gravenhage

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