Delft in 1556 - Deventer

Jacob van Deventer


Jacob van Deventer (Kampen, c. 1500/1505 - Cologne, 1575) made this map of Delft as one of his series of over 250 maps of cities and towns in the Spanish Netherlands, commissioned for military purposes by King Philip II.

For those purposes, it would have paid special attention to the points of access to the city. Both the Rotterdamse/Schiedamse gates and the Haag/Wateringse gates at either end of the Oude Delft gracht are clearly double and parallel gates. There are no ramparts at the top left corner near the Haagpoort nor in front of the Waterslootse Poort.