This is the facade of the hunting lodge and country seat of Maurice, Prince of Orange (1567-1625), in Willemstad. He was the son of William the Silent, the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off the Eighty Years’ War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1581.
At the age of eighteen Maurice got a leading role in the government of Holland and Zealand, two prominent provinces. In the war against Spain he had the reputation of being an intelligent strategist and as such he achieved many victories and drove the Spaniards out of the north and east of the Republic.
Between battles he liked to retire to this mansion, built in 1623. After its restoration some decades ago it has become the venue for private and business events. It also houses a small museum as well as the tourist information.
This stately door forms part of Thursday Doors. If you like doors, you certainly have to visit Norm’s site in order to admire more fun specimens.