Today is our city’s birthday. September 6 1229 is the birthday of The Hague, on that day our city was first mentioned as a place name. To celebrate, we went looking for very old photos of iconic places.
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On the 6th of September, Count Willem II issued a charter in which for the first time the name of the city. The document is about a land deal in Bleiswijk, but is signed from ‘Die Haga’.
Whether it really is the birthday of The Hague is difficult to determine. In 1989 we celebrated 147 anniversary because the construction of the Knight’s Hall, in , was seen as the beginning of The Hague. Others think that The Hague started when in 1209 Floris IV bought a piece of land around the Hofvijver.