Local Heart, Global Soul

June 26, 2020

I’m Absolutely Floored!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

My “Monumentendag” visit in 2019  bought me to Hollandspoor train station in The Hague.

This is one weekend every year where churches, Government and historic buildings open their doors to the public for one or two days of the Monumentendag weekend.

The private behind-the-scenes-look that we get here is special because it teaches us about the history of the city, the Netherlands, and how things may (or may not) have changed over the centuries.

The Queen’s/King’s Waiting Room at the station is as much as show-piece of Dutch trades as it is a functional structure, and this literally extends from the ceiling to the floor.
This landing is as beautiful as it is skilful, the tiles handcrafted and the patterns working well together. The centuries of wear and tear are still here as testament that this was a busy working building and that many articles of luggage, crates and chests passed through this area.

This is also the area where passengers would board waiting coaches, and later motorcars, for their journey to the working Palace in the centre of the city, or the Royal residential palace a short distance away. I’m not really certain where visiting Royalty would stayed. Sadly I have no royal or VIP friends to ask!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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