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Photos of Leiden

Posted on Saturday, March 18th, 2006 at 6:16 am CET

Here are some nice random photos of the city of Leiden in the Netherlands, where we live. Leiden is the birthplace of Rembrandt van Rijn and has the oldest university in the country. There are lots of canals, church spires, narrow alleys, and monumental buildings.

Leiden, the Netherlands
Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaart en Sint Joseph church on Herensingel, which is part of the singel (moat) that circles around the historic center of Leiden

Leiden, the Netherlands
Oude Vest canal as seen from Klokpoort

Leiden, the Netherlands
Van der Werfstraat, which runs parallel to the main shopping street Haarlemmerstraat

Leiden, the Netherlands
Haarlemmerstraat, the main shopping street of Leiden. The shops here are open Monday to Saturday during regular hours, Thursday evening and every last Sunday of the month

Leiden, the Netherlands

Leiden, the Netherlands
Pieterskerk, founded in 1121 as the Counts’ chapel dedicated to the Apostles Peter and Paul.

Leiden, the Netherlands
Nieuwstraat, with the city library on the right. The yellow gate leads to the old Burcht, or the Leiden Castle, which dates back to the 12th century.

Leiden, the Netherlands
A view on the terrace of Annie’s Verjaardag in the center of town.

Leiden, the Netherlands
Barges are brought in to the canals in the city to make extra space for terraces of bars in the summer. This is Nieuwe Rijn.

Leiden, the Netherlands
Leiden’s City Hall.

Leiden, the NetherlandsA view on Beestenmarkt from Blauwpoortshaven.

Leiden, the Netherlands

Leiden, the Netherlands

Leiden, the Netherlands


Feb 22, 2008
1:22 am
#1 Leo Starrenburg wrote:

Arthur, Amy,

nice to see your pictures of Leiden, the city I was born way back in 1956.

Our home at the time was a houseboat on the Herensingel near the -then- railway yard. Your picture of the van der Werfstraat shows a street I’ve never seen, all the houses are new. My mother was born in this street just after the first world war. My dad’s last job was as a stoker at the university’s library, the workers entrance was at the Kloksteeg and I still remember the winter of 1963, we had to keep our houseboat free of ice and keep the library’s boilers going 24/7.

Have you ever seen the calenders published by Nico van der Horst ? They show the leiden as I remember it, some 40 years ago.

Seems you two have been to more places in Holland then I have, but then I spent two weeks in north-eastern Kentucky, a place where most Americans haven’t been either 🙂

Thanks again for the nice pictures and stories about your stay in Holland,

greetings, Leo.

Mar 7, 2011
6:57 pm
#2 coen visser wrote:

waar kan ik een print terug vinden van een woonhuis ergens in de Haarlemmerstraat,uit de 18e eeuw.Zag deze jaren gheleden op het internet.


Coen Visser
Nieuw Zeeland

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