Heritage, research and restoration

The thirty-five Coats of Arms in memory of the Golden Fleece Chapter in The Hague in 1456 are still exhibited in the Great Church today.A unique and extraordinary privilege that is shared with churches in Ghent, Bruges, Malines and Barcelona. These paintings form part of the collective European heritage. The Hague collection was added to the list under the Dutch Cultural Heritage Protection Act in 2009.

In 2013 a long-term restoration and preservation project was completed. The project had been carried out by Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), supported by art historic research by Radboud University Nijmegen. Material and technical dendrochronological and historic studies were carried out to analyze the paintings and to map out the restoration history before treating the works. This led to surprising and spectacular finds

Did you know:
that the collection of Coats of Arms is on the list under the Dutch Cultural Heritage Protection Act and that, for that reason, it cannot leave the country?

The Golden Fleece Coats of Arms in The Hague are 450 years old and can now be well preserved for the next decades thanks to professional and scientifically substantiated restoration work.