The Girl with a Pearl Earring is being exhibited in The Hague

The painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer. It depicts a European girl wearing an exotic dress, an oriental turban, and an large pearl Advertisements

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Kasteel de Haar – The medieval largest castle in the Netherlands in Utrecht

The oldest historical record of a building at the location of the current castle dates to 1391. The castle remained in the ownership of the De Haar family until 1440, when the last male heir died childless. The castle then passed to the Van Zuylen family. In 1482, the castle was burned down and the walls were […]

Cube houses – The set of innovative houses in Rotterdam

The houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest. The central idea of […]

Mata Hari – Her personal scrapbooks in Leeuwarden

Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod was born 7 August 1876, better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I and executed on 15 February 1917 by firing squad in France. The Frisian museum in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, contains a “Mata […]

The John Frost Bridge in Arnhem

The road bridge across the Lower Rhine should have been the final objective of the operation, and its capture was tasked with the British 1st Airborne Division. In September 1944 the Allies launched Operation Market Garden. Unexpected German resistance in Arnhem meant that only a small force of some 750 men were able to reach the northern […]

The famous “Bed-in” for peace in Amsterdam

As the Vietnam War raged in 1969, John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono held one week-long Bed-Ins for Peace, at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. Knowing their March 20, 1969 marriage would be a huge press event, John and Yoko decided to use the publicity to promote world peace. They spent their honeymoon in the presidential […]