Highlights of The Hague
The interior of the building complex of the House of Representatives used to house the Ministry of Justice, also known as the Ministry of Justice. The striking red former library, better known at this time as the Handelingenkamer, is very popular with a wide audience. Here are rows of bound books with written verbatim reports (in Dutch 'Handelingen') since 1847 and bound per session year. Where in the past a session year covered one bookbinding, this can amount to as many as 110 bookbinders per session year. The actions are provided by the Reports and Editing Department (before 1 May 2004 by the Stenography Department). They carefully collect the verbatim texts of debates, for example, but also votes on bills and motions.
The Handelingenkamer in the House of Representatives can call itself one of the most beautiful libraries in the Netherlands. The former Justice Building was designed in 1876 by the architect Cornelis Hendrik Peters. The characteristic red library in neo-Dutch Renaissance style has many Chinese influences: handles in the shape of dragon claws, the scales in the roof dome and the dragon heads on the railings. Characteristic is the elegant green with red interior and striking cast iron balustrades and spiral staircases. In addition, the space has a striking stained glass roof, which provides a special incidence of light.Heritage Day The Hague about the former Department of Justice (only Dutch)
A visit to the Handelingenkamer is possible. Special visiting days are organized every year for the public to view this monument. Think of Heritage Day or Architecture Day. Because the monument is very popular with a wide audience and there is strict access control, it is quickly busy. We recommend taking into account a queue and checking whether it is necessary to pre-register for a time slot.
At the moment nothing is known about the continuation of events in 2021.