Princessehof Ceramics Museum

Princessehof Ceramics Museum is a city museum of ceramics in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. The museum's name comes from one of two buildings in which it is housed: a small palace built in 1693 and later occupied by Marie Louise, dowager Princess of Orange. The other annexed building is the Papinga stins, a former stronghold from the 15th century. The museum is of interest for its buildings, but also for its collection of tiles, pottery, and ceramic sculpture.[citation needed]


The Oldehove


Construction of this leaning, curved and unfinished tower began in 1529. The original plan included attaching a new church to the tower, which would replace the Old Saint Vitus Church, but this was never realised. Master builder Jacob van Aken was unlucky from the start, because the tower began to sink during construction. In an effort to compensate fot the tilt, it was decided to continue to build perpendicular on top of the leaning bottom. Because of this the tower is also curved. Construction was subsequently halted in 1533 and has never been resumed. The tower never reached its intended height of about 120 m. Although the Oldehove has never been used for special purposes, it acquired a symbolic status nevertheless. Inhabitants of Leeuwarden are proud of their Oldehove. "I feel rather homesick, when i cannot see the Oldehove", is a well-known saying in the local dialect. The towe is managed bij the Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden (HCL) since 2010.