Jacoba Fortress
Jacqueline of Hainaut

The ruins of the Jacoba Fortress

The Fortress of Voorne, also known as the Jacoba Fortress, is in the city of Oostvoorne in the Dutch province of South-Holland. The name Jacoba Fortress comes from its use in the early 15th century by Jacqueline (Jacoba in Dutch!), Countess of Hainaut. She used it as her summer residence. The oldest part of the [read more]

Jacqueline of Hainaut

Castle of the Counts in Ghent, Belgium

The current Castle of the Count was built in 1180 by Count Philip of Alsace. He modelled it after crusaders castles he had seen while he participated in the Second Crusade. Before the current construction, there was a wooden castle on the site. The castle was the seat of the Counts of Flanders until it [read more]

Jacqueline of Hainaut

The Court Chapel of the Binnenhof

The Binnenhof (or Inner Court) in The Hague was once the residence for the Counts of Holland and was also used for the Princes of Oranges. It is now home to both houses of the States General of the Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Prime Minister of [read more]

Augusta Maria Carolina of Nassau-Weilburg

Treasures of royal women at the Rijksmuseum

Lock of hair from Jacqueline of Hainaut, though the Rijksmuseum doubt its authenticity. It was supposedly from the excavation in the chapel in the Binnenhof, but nobody was reported to have been found, but they apparently did find this. So either the body is still there somewhere, or the lock of hair is fake. Snuffbox [read more]