Local Heart, Global Soul

January 18, 2020

Stone Sentinels Close To The Fire…

Following on from yesterday’s post I took the opportunity to visit the Freemasons House in the Hague during the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’. This is an Open day for National Historic Places sites, or private establishments who open their doors to the public on this weekend. Yesterday I was looking at a stunning fireplace that had beautiful carved wooden faces in it’s upper section, now, closer to the heat source, carved figures continue, but this time in stone.

Today I am looking at the male and female head and torso figures standing in matching (modest) poses, below them, cheribs and close to the floor, very small busts of a woman. All of these figures are idealised and show far less detail and character than the wooden figures above them. Who knows, maybe they are even “catalogue” pieces, bought off the rack and fitted below the personalised section? The cherubs and ladies at the bottom are pretty much identical so I only photographed one of each. These stone sentinels can definitely take the heat.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 12, 2020

A Sunburst To Look At All Day…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Grr, I’m messing things up in the WordPress Schedule again, this time not checking that one of my ‘prep’ posts did not have the same date as an actual post, so early readers got a an almost blank page as well as the post I intended.

My apologies for that, my brain is malfunctioning. (which may be nothing new). I could try and blame things on jet-lag but in all honesty it’s just my stupidity.

The Netherlands has a national event called ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) and one of the places open to the Public in 2019 was the ‘Freemason’s House’ in the Hague.

I noticed from the outside what appears to be a stained glass window above the entrance door and tried to take photographs of it once I was inside.

Sadly the very best vantage point was up the stairs, where a beautiful chandelier hung bang-on center in the way. I had to manoeuvre to the stairs *very, very carefully* since it’s not a favourite place to be on crutches.

With a little perseverance I managed to get photographs, and well worth they were too.

This is amazing stained glass, featuring what might be described as a ‘Sunburst’ pattern.

Closer inspection noting that some of the pattern elements were not quite the same but very similar to those in the skylight I featured in yesterdays post.

The colour scheme seems to be almost the same and the over-all style of the pieces matched. Maybe they were made by the same stained glass artists? Who knows.

Either way they shine light into otherwise darkened hallways and stairs, and do it in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing, beautiful and calming for the soul.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 11, 2020

Freemasons In The Light…

Visitng the Freemasons House during the ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open Days for National Historic Places sites), I look up in the waiting room/entrance area to see a beautiful skylight several stories above me. The glass is gorgeous and actually more detailed than it looks like at first glance. I zoom in for a closer look…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 10, 2020

Portraits On The Walls…

I’m taking advantage of the annual Duth ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites)  to visit the ‘Freemason’s House’ in The Hague. Steps inside the front door take you to a beautiful hall way / waiting room, where I assume you would sit on the beautiful couch area whilst your arrival was  ‘announced’ to those in the surrounding meeting rooms.

One thing is for sure, you would not really feel alone whilst you waited: portraits of Freemason VIP’s lined the walls seemingly keeping a watchful eye to make certain you were a good mannered visitor.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 9, 2020

A Grand Entrance!

The Freemason’s House in The Hague was open to the public during the ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) so I went along to take a look. The entrance area was large and beautiful… giving my tour here very much a Grand Entrance!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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