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October 16, 2015

De Passage, Den Haag: So Much More Than A Passageway…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There is a unique shopping area in the Hague that charms both locals and tourist alike.

Effectively it is a small covered street, where the roof is largely made of glass and is both a shopping street and a well used short-cut for pedestrians between the busy streets of Spuistraat, Hofweg and Buitenhof.

You might well image that this is a recent addition to the Hage city centre, but far from it, “de Passage” is the oldest shopping center in the Netherlands and ranks among the Top 100 of Dutch UNESCO monuments.

I’ve translated information from Wikipedia (Dutch language entry only) in italics, and link to websites below.

“Passage” (pronounced “Par saar je”) “was commissioned in 1885 by the NV ‘s-Gravenhaagsche Passage Society, which was co-founded by the famous Hagenaar Petrus Josephus the Sonnaville (1830 to 1925), also one of the founders of the Kurhaus in Scheveningen.

The original passage of 1885 runs from Spuistraat towards the Buitenhof. In 1929 Hofweg was added to the pedestrian area. The oldest part (the Spuistraat- Buitenhof and arm) was built by architects Herman Wesstra Jr. and JC van Wijk according to an international orientated Renaissance style, while the later part towards Hofweg is built in an expressionist style.”

Where the three different “points” of the Passage meet together, there is a round tower-like effect topped off with a glass dome in the roof. The patterns are captivating and over the years whenever I walked though it, it was highly likely that you could spy someone with a camera pointed upwards towards the dome, straining to get all of it into the photograph, or pointing the camera downwards at the stunning inlaid marble centerpiece directly benieth the center of the dome. There are apartments above the shops, and the only bar to getting a great photograph are the special nets stretched across the open area towards the roof to stop any birds that fly in from getting trapped inside. It’s a beautiful piece of architecture so let’s take a look around…

(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)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 The Passage, Den Haag
Offical Website De Passage

1 Comment »

  1. Very cool! In the USA, a building with a glass roof like is in the second picture from top would be called an Arcade. We have some well known ones in Ohio (where I live) such as the Cleveland Arcade, built in 1890: http://www.theclevelandarcade.com/gallery.htm which is identified as one of the earliest indoor shopping malls in the USA 🙂

    Comment by Carrie — October 22, 2015 @ 2:12 am | Reply


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