A Hague Peace Challenge wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Peace Palace in The Hague. To come up with a good question and a creative assignment, I wanted to visit this mustsee in The Hague again, but I needed an incentive. Then my friend Jacqueline Alders, owner of I Guide you Through The Hague told me that the annual summer Peace Palace tours had started again.
Guided Tour through Peace Palace
One of the main goals in my life is to find the exceptional, to get off the beaten track. A long time ago I worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of the many departments organised a trip to the Peace Palace and, like many, I was curious to find out how the building looked from the inside. So, I went along. I remember beautiful objects, stained glasses, amazing decorations. if you haven’t done it: a guided tour through the Peace Palace is definitely worthwhile. There is no proof that I went inside; you are not allowed to take any pictures.
Peace Palace tour
There is a guided tour offered at the Peace Palace in which you are allowed to take pictures. It’s the guided tour through the garden of the Peace Palace. Our guide Roos – what’s in a name- not only told us about the flora and fauna, the landscaping and the statues, objects and plants that were given to the Peace Palace by the different nations. She also explained how shortly after the competition for the design of the Peace Palace, three garden architects were invited to compete against each other for the design of the grounds around the building. Thomas Mawson won the competition and became the designer.
Peace in the Palace Garden
In an earlier post I have tried to define peace. Mawson associated peace with balance, harmony, symmetry, soft leaves and no thorns ( except for the roses), water. While walking through the garden I thought about the the base of the Hague Peace Challenge. imaginary situation of constructing a second City of Peace and Justice in the Middle East. I thought it would be interesting to integrate Mawson’s ideas in the design of the City or in The Hague Peace Challenge itself.
If you are interested in visiting the gardens ( only in Dutch, on request in English) or the Peace Palace itself, use this link.
Registration for the The Hague Peace Challenge has started. Register before 1 September and get a chance to win two free entrance ticket to the Humanity House. I want to know more about the The Hague Peace Challenge
Update: In The Hague Peace Challenge the question and creative assignment about the Peace Palace will be based on what you see and hear in the Visitor’s Centre. If you are participating in the challenge, it could be a good idea to visit the centre before. Go for the opening hours to the website and while you’re at it, also check the great activities they organise during the Just Peace Festival ( 21-25 September.)