Delft is a city in Holland and one of the most visited places in the world. It is rich in political, historical, technological and artistic knowledge.
Delft had a humble beginning, starting as a rural town and growing into the city it is now; it has faced several downfalls, but currently, it enjoys European peace and tranquility.
- The city of Delft gets its name from a canal (Delf) that existed near the area; delf means delve or dig. Partially because of this raised place, the city grew into one of the largest market towns in the Netherlands.
- Delft is a popular tourist attraction in the Netherlands. It is affiliated with the House of Orange -Nassau, mainly because of the blue pottery.
- The House of Orange, arguably the founders of Delft, had a traditional burying place for the family at Breda.
- Delft started as a rural town, but because of the prosperity in the 12th Century, Count Willem II granted its city Charter.
- A major fire destroyed a large part of the city of Delft in 1536.
- In the 15th Century, the city of Delft was one of the most prosperous in Holland; during the Battle of Delft, the walls surrounding the city played a part in repelling the Spanish forces.
- Delft became the de facto capital of Independent Netherlands after the Act of Abjuration in 1581.
- Delft is usually considered a city of artists, the blue poetry by the House of Orange being the oldest evidence. Aside from that, many other artists were based in the city.
- The thunderclap explosion in Delft is mainly remembered for the death of Carel Fabritius, a promising artist. Most of his work was destroyed.