'Delft is a city in the Netherlands dating from the 13th century, located halfway between Rotterdam and The Hague. Delft is also a municipality. It has about 96000 inhabitants (2000). Due to the large number of university students at the Delft University of Technology, the population has a remarkable peak for males at ages between 20 and 30.
Delft is well know for the Delft blue ceramic products. It is the birthplace of scientist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek. The painter Johannes Vermeer lived in Delft and used the city as the subject of some of his paintings.
In 1584, during the Eighty Years War between the United Netherlands and Spain, the leader of the Dutch resistance, William the Silent, or Willem van Oranje as Dutch people usually call him, was shot to death by Balthazar Gerards in the hal of the Prinsenhof in Delft.
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