Heritage

Diest, City of Orange

For almost three centuries, the city was in the hands of the counts of Nassau; the later princes of Orange Nassau. The eldest son of William the Silent, Philip William, is buried in Saint Sulpitius Church. Diest, together with Breda (NL), Dillenburg (GE) and Orange (FR), is part of the Union of the Orange Cities. If you follow the Orange Route and the traces of the Oranges in Germany, it is a good idea to pay Diest a visit.

The Union of Orange Cities:
On 31 August 1963, the cities of Breda, Diest, Dillenburg and Orange founded the Union of Orange Cities in Breda. The twinning between Orange – the principality of the counts of Nassau – and Breda, where the Nassaus resided for over a century and a half, was the Union's starting point. Dillenburg, the oldest residence of the Nassaus, and Diest (where Philip William, the eldest son of William the Silent resided and was buried), also joined the Union.

The lasting testimonies to this 'Dutch' period include the Court of Nassau; city park the 'Warande', the former hunting ground of the princes of Orange Nassau and the 16th century water mill of the princes of Orange Nassau. The presbytery with the gravestone of Philip William, Prince of Orange, can also be visited in Saint Sulpitius Church. In addition, an entire section of the City Museum 'De Hofstadt' is dedicated to Orange Nassau.