Local Heart, Global Soul

May 16, 2020

The Star Attraction…

Of course the private chapel here is the bonus point, not the main attraction. The small shop below the chapel sells what this place is more famous for: Beer. The “Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder” (Brothers of the Hague Kloister Brewery) here in The Hague sells several sorts of beer, from light to darks. Himself prefers dark beer but said that personally he has to be in the mood for these particular ones as they don’t completely suit his palette.

Our good friends love these so much that they buy them here regularly.  I didn’t know this when I bought these though, only finding out when we got home, so when we visited these friends for dinner just a couple of days later, Himself shared them and the three of them drank them together. A perfect solution…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 15, 2020

The Shop Display…

In the downstairs shop of the “Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder” (Brothers of the Hague Kloister Brewery), is the shop that sells the beer (on a large old workbench), as well as various other products. Although I have faith, I am really not into religious figures for permanent display. Now though, upon further inspection, I may just spy a donkey (or am I mistaken and it’s a horse?) along with a baby Jesus on a bottom shelf that could fit nicely into a nativity display I have for the bottom of the Christmas tree. It was busy in the shop so getting photographs of the entire shop layout without “bodies directly in front of the lens” wasn’t possible.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): An excellent piece of recycling…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): leaded glass in the doors between the upstairs chapel and the shop below.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 14, 2020

Far From Sight, But Not Of Mind…

It is not usual to see in Catholic organisations to see candles lit in memory of those who have passed away or, in my case, to think of friends who are of the Catholic faith.

One of these friends is a Nun, so I am especially wish to light a candle for her. Therefore it was a no-brainer upon seeing this tray of candles in the private chapel upstairs from the “Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder” (Brothers of the Hague Kloister Brewery), that I was going to light a few candles.

With the lighting of each candle I take a moment to reflect on the happy moments we have spent together, and how they might be faring, since they live many thousands of kilometres away. They may be far from sight, but they are definitely not out of mind.

The Statue in the background is bonus…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 13, 2020

Arty Statues…

I like art and I like arty statues. These statues of Mary and Jesus are located on a private chapel. This chapel can be found above the “Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder” (Brothers of the Hague Kloister Brewery) in The Hague.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 12, 2020

Private Stations…

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are more the “Stations of the Cross” depicted in the lower tier of paintings in the private chapel above the “Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder” (Brothers of the Hague Kloister Brewery) in The Hague.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 11, 2020

Upper Tier And Lower Tier Paintings…

There is a small and beautiful private chapel in the centre of the Hague that I had no idea existed. Located above the “Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder” (Brothers of the Hague Cloister Brewery), it part of the cloister.

I had been looking at the stained glass windows and the topmost paintings, painted directly onto the bricks of the wall, but in fact there is also a lower tier of paintings on this wall. These don’t appear to be painted directly onto the bricks and are a completely different style, but the theme, “the Stations of the Cross“, appears to be the same.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 10, 2020

Paintings Up On High…

Following from yesterday’s post, here are some of the many more amazing paintings high on the walls of the private chapel, above the “Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder” (Brothers of the Hague Kloister Brewery) in The Hague.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

May 9, 2020

Painting On The Walls…

The “Brothers of the Hague Kloister Brewery” (Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder)  in the centre of the Hague has a private chapel above it. There are two main bands of decoration on the inside wall opposite the stained glass windows. The top band by the ceiling and a lower, Stations of the Cross format  of panels below. The style of each is very different. I didn’t manage to photograph them all but these are really amazing… especially since they appear to not be made on panels of any sort, but rather, painted directly onto the bricks!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 8, 2020

Angelic Altarpieces…

Following on from yesterday’s post, the chapel above the “Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder” (Brothers of the Hague Kloister Brewery) I am taking a look at the painted panels at the altar. My limited access and viewpoint meant I couldn’t get proper close-ups, but when somewhere that is usually closed to the public is this busy (I think the draw card of the beer downstairs may have been a contributing factor too), then it’s a matter of taking the photographs you can get.

I love these two icons (or icon style) angels, there was a left facing angel and a right facing one, each facing inwards toward the larger paintings at the centre of the altar. One angel holds a shield depicting a stork (the emblem of the Hague), the other a shield depicting a clover and a cross, which at a guess might be the emblem of the Brothers’ order.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 7, 2020

Faded Beauty…

The private chapel used by the Brothers above the “Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder” (Brothers of the Hague Kloister Brewery) is beautifully (albeit faded) ornate. I tried getting photographs of the ceiling but some visitors were coming in, doing a quick walk around and then going out (I was seated so it was hard to get photographs across the chapel without them in the frame).

The rest of the visitors were, like me, in the pews having a private moment and then taking photographs quietly of our surroundings. I did all of these photographs with my phone and not my big camera because there was a silence here that didn’t need the clicking of the DSLR.  I also didn’t want to disturb people who were sitting in other areas with constant moving around so I didn’t get photographs of all of the stained glass windows or all of the ceiling decoration. It’s a pity that I couldn’t zoom in more, but never mind…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

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