Hall of Knights (c. 1911)
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This lantern slide, "The Hall of Knights (c. 1911)," shows the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights), a large Gothic hall with magnificent stained glass windows located in the courtyard of the Binnenhof, located in the Hague, the capital city of the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. In the foreground, people are walking. Floris V, grandson of Floris IV, built the Ridderzaal as a manorial hall in the 13th century. Over the centuries, government buildings developed around the hall and eventually incorporated the Ridderzaal, which holds the Throne of the Monarchs of the Netherlands. A gilt neogothic fountain adorns the main courtyard, and one of the few Dutch equestrian statues guards the main gate. The Binnenhof is where the House of Representatives meet, the Prime Minister works, and the ministers hold their weekly consultations. Once a year, the Senate and the House of Representatives meet in the Ridderzaal in a joint session of the States General. Inside the Ridderzaal are wooden heads symbolizing eavesdroppers from the higher powers. These carvings are supposed to deter members of the assembly from lying. This item is a part of Springfield College’s series of lantern slides depicting a Boy Scout trip to Holland. Part of the Holland Boy Scout Trip Lantern Slide Series
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Hall of Knights
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