The Lange Voorhout is a street in the old city centre of The Hague, Netherlands. It is L-shaped and runs from Kneuterdijk in the west to Toernooiveld in the east, reaching approximately 0.47 kilometres in length.
In the Middle Ages, the Lange Voorhout was bordered by several farms. Only in the 14th and 15th centuries, when the Counts of Holland modernised the governance of the county with new administrative divisions, were houses built in this area. The Lange Voorhout and surroundings pre-eminently became the neighbourhood where courtiers and later statesmen came to live. Between 1350 and 1450, the first town castles of nobles, houses of ducal staff, the Predikherenklooster and residences for high magistrates appeared here. But for centuries the elite did not hold the sole right to live on Lange Voorhout. For a long time, the street was a central terminus for all traffic from and to The Hague; wagons from Leiden and Scheveningen were garaged and unloaded here. This meant that inns, wheelwrights and forges were also established on the Lange Voorhout.
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