Former court chapel

Local name: Voormalige hofkapel

Eerste Kamer is the name of the upper chamber of the Dutch Parliament - the United States. It was founded in 1815, shortly after the end of the Napoleonic wars. The proceedings take place in the House of Senate in The Hague, the capital of the Netherlands, in a building called Binnenhof.

Binnenhof is the oldest building in the city, located by the Dwór pond. Inside is the seat of a bicameral Dutch parliament, including the States General. Interestingly, Binnenhof once belonged to a local magnate and was a hunting castle surrounded by forest. He attracted people who settled around the estate and slowly filled up the place, which later became the capital of the Netherlands.

The Senate House was built by Johan de Witt in 1651 especially for meetings of the Dutch parliament. Eerste Kamer has been using this hall since 1849. Entering the room, our attention should catch the ceiling: the goddess of peace and the god of war look at the sitting parliamentarians.

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Former court chapel map
Binnenhof 222513 AA The Hague, Netherlands