Governmental history (Or: You’re sitting on it)

Near the area which houses Buitenhof and Binnenhof is the Grondwetbank (lit: Constitution bench). Upon it is inscribed the first article of the Dutch constitution:

Allen die zich in Nederland bevinden, worden in gelijke gevallen gelijk behandeld.

Discriminatie wegens godsdienst, levensovertuiging, politieke gezindheid, ras, geslacht of op welke grond dan ook, is niet toegestaan.

Grondwetbank, a government monument and a nice place to sit all in one

If you look close you will see the words on the top step. In English, it reads: “All residents of the Netherlands will in all cases be treated equally. It is not allowed to discriminate on the basis of religion, lifestyle, political persuasion, race, sex or for any other reason.”

The monument is 45 meters long. I will just briefly mention that it is quite an ironic monument considering the rise of the PVV (Party for Freedom), which seeks to severely curtail immigration from non-Western countries in a manner that seems particularly harsh for Islamic persons. However do keep in mind this is just an observation from an American who doesn’t live there yet and doesn’t really follow American politics, let alone Dutch politics.

On a happier note, this spot is where I tasted patat — Dutch fries., though I didn’t feel like putting mayo or similar toppings on them. While we were sampling them we sat on the steps — a nice rest from exploring the Hague.

Today’s Dutch: staring at the 8 videos at Bookbox, which includes Dutch subtitles at the bottom. Seemed like folklore type stories for children.

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3 thoughts on “Governmental history (Or: You’re sitting on it)

  1. Additional info:
    the brick building on the left side is the wall of the Binnenhof. This is where parliament used to hold sessions.

    The glass on the right is the new building for parliament. I think at some point it intertwines/sects/weaves with the original one. Haven’t been inside so I wouldn’t know.

    The bench is a “no skateboarding” zone. You can see why as it makes for a great place to do tricks.

    The patat mentioned was from Bram Ladage, a chain of “snackbars” in the region that claims to have the best fries of the country. While Niki didn’t put anything on them, I went for pindasaus (peanut sauce) Mmmmm. So good.

    Heh, I realize the last time I got some of their fries was with you. Woah,

  2. Margriet Brouwer

    Hai Nicky, this is wonderfull, so far I have read several things I did not even know as a Dutch person. Also I have never been to Delft, so it’s about time I start doing this. Please don’t stop doing this.

    groetjes van

    • I liked Delft. One of the first things I focused on when I first started researching the Netherlands was Vermeer. The two books I remember were one about the forged paintings of Van Meegeren (going into detail about how he pulled it off) and a fictional novel about who the girl with the pearl earring might have been. So I was especially excited to visit his grave in the church.

      We also went to Ikea last summer and “borrowed” lots of little pencils for Roger’s mom, who uses them for crosswords. That was fun.

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