35 Sights in Leiden, Netherlands (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Leiden, Netherlands. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 35 sights are available in Leiden, Netherlands.

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1. Pieterskerk

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The Pieterskerk is a late-Gothic Dutch Protestant church in Leiden dedicated to Saint Peter. It is known today as the church of the Pilgrim Fathers, where the pastor John Robinson was buried. It is also the burial place of the scientist Willebrord Snellius.

Wikipedia: Pieterskerk, Leiden (EN)

2. Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

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The Leiden American Pilgrim Museum is a small museum in the Dutch city of Leiden dedicated to the Pilgrim Fathers. These Separatists or English Dissenters were religious refugees who had fled England to Amsterdam in 1608 and moved to Leiden the next year. They lived and worked in that city for about 12 to 20 years. In 1620, their emigration began. They left Leiden by canal, going to Delfshaven where they embarked on the Speedwell, which took them to Southampton. But the Speedwell proved leaky and had to be sold, so they transferred to the Mayflower. The Mayflower undertook the famous voyage to New England in 1620 alone. In the 19th century the colonists' first harvest festival after their arrival at Plymouth Colony was identified as the origin of the annual Thanksgiving celebration in the United States.

Wikipedia: Leiden American Pilgrim Museum (EN)

3. Jeruzalemshof

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The Jeruzalemhof is a courtyard on the former Cellebroersgracht, which since the damping in 1875 is the Kaiserstraat, in the city center of the Dutch city of Leiden. It is the oldest surviving courtyard in Leiden. It was founded on May 16, 1467 by Wouter IJsbrandszoon in honor of God and the twelve apostles on the occasion of his visit to the holy sepulchre in Jerusalem. Originally, the courtyard consisted of 13 houses that were intended for thirteen poor men, who honored, and the one of good syn vergaen. A possible wife was also allowed to live in, because then she could take care of her husband. If her husband died, she had to leave. The fact that a courtyard was intended for men and not for women was special, because that had never happened before in the Netherlands.

Wikipedia: Jeruzalemhof (NL)

4. Sint Janshofje

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sint janshof is the court of the Dutch city of South Holland in the Netherlands. The court is located on Hairpin Street. sint janshof was founded in 1504 and claimed by the son of janp stitan Kerstaan and his wife. Courts are designed for neat people who have been knocked down on shore by adversity. The court includes seven cabins for single women, six for couples, a rainwater chamber and a cabin that can be rented for the benefit of the court. In 1565, the founder's heirs handed over the court to mr. In the same year, he ordered the reconstruction of houses, ports and rainwater chambers. After his sudden death, the name of the court was changed to sint jans or van der laenhof.

Wikipedia: Sint Janshof (NL)

5. Samuel de Zee's hofje

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Samuel de Zee's hof is a courtyard in the Dutch city of Leiden. The courtyard was founded in 1723 for poor family members. The complex consists of 21 houses and is located on the Samuel de Zee's court. The entrance to the courtyard is located on the Doezastraat between house numbers 14 and 18 and contains the text: "Gives god only the honor for good dognie rich cousins and the nigten did Samuel de Zee this at sijn leeven stigten, 1723". After the entrance there is a gate with the text: "So was my sin: A yder talks after syn understanding ~ maer soo t not state to your pleasure blyft then buyten k can with myn gate your mouth not sluyten 1723 ~".

Wikipedia: Samuel de Zee's hof (NL)

6. Barend van Namenhofje

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Barend van Namenhof is a courtyard at Hoefstraat 12 in the Dutch city of Leiden. The courtyard was founded in 1730 by merchant Barend van Namen for reformed childless couples over fifty. The courtyard consists of 12 houses. Three courtyard houses were designed by W. C. Mulder. The court was rebuilt in 1788. In 1915 it was completely renovated at the expense of regent C. W. J. W. Pape. This gave it its rich, distinguished impression, which is why it was also called "villahof". The courtyard has a regent's room and has the status of a national monument.

Wikipedia: Barend van Namenhof (NL)

7. Rodenburgermolen

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The Rodenburgermolen in the Dutch city of Leiden is a polder mill built in 1704, which drained the Rodenburgerpolder. In 1893 the mill had to be rebuilt, when lightning struck and the mill burned out. During the rebuilding, cast iron wheels were used instead of the traditional wooden parts. The mill was in operation until 1953; in 1959 the interior was removed, with the exception of the cast iron top wheel and the curious catch, which is halfway between a block catch and a hoop catch. The paddle wheel was located about four meters away from the mill.

Wikipedia: Rodenburgermolen (NL)

8. Bethlehemshof

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Bethlehemshof Rudolphous / CC BY 3.0

Bethlehemshof is a courtyard on the Levendaal in the Dutch city of Leiden. It was founded in 1630 by the Leiden merchant Gerrit Frankens van Hoogmade, who also chose the name of the courtyard. In 1701 the Mennonites of this courtyard joined the hofje De Houcksteen located on the Levendaal, but the administration remained separate. In 1811, for financial reasons, both courtyards were merged under the name Bethlehem. In 1897, the section on the Levendaal was provided with a contemporary façade with an upper floor. In 1978 the courtyard was restored.

Wikipedia: Bethlehemshof (NL)

9. Coninckshofje

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The Coninckshof is one of the courtyards of the Dutch city of Leiden. The courtyard is located at the Oude Vest 15. The courtyard was founded in 1773 and consecrated in 1777 by Cecilia Coninck. It stands partly on the ground of the former Saint Ursula monastery. Originally the courtyard had six houses, but it was later expanded to seven houses. In 1861, four more houses were added. The courtyard is a national monument and has been registered in the monument register since 1968. The courtyard has a gatehouse, stone pump and regent's room.

Wikipedia: Coninckshof (NL)

10. Schachtenhofje

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Het Schachtenhof is a courtyard in the Dutch province of South Holland. The courtyard is located on the Middelste Gracht. The Schachtenhof was founded in 1664 in the name of the orphan boy Theunis Jacobsz. Van der Schacht. His will stated that a courtyard with 12 houses had to be built on the Middelste Gracht. He demanded that residents of 40 years and older could live there for free and there was a preference for family members of Van der Schacht and residents who, like Van de Schacht, had grown up in the Orphanage of Leiden.

Wikipedia: Schachtenhof (NL)

11. Tevelingshofje

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Tevelingshofje Rudolphous / CC BY 3.0

The Tevelingshofje is a courtyard in the Dutch city of Leiden, province of South Holland. The courtyard is located on the subdued 4th Binnenvestgracht. The Tevelingshofje was founded in 1655 and built in 1666, commissioned by the Leiden merchants Jacob and Charles Tevel. During the plague epidemic of 1655, Charles Tevel had it recorded in his will that Jacob had to build a courtyard after his death with 12 houses for childless couples over the age of 20. Jacob and his wife later had this expanded to twenty houses.

Wikipedia: Tevelingshofje (NL)

12. Museum De Lakenhal

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Museum De Lakenhal is the city museum of fine art and history in Leiden, Netherlands. One highlight is its collection of fijnschilder paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Just like the city, the museum combines a classical appearance with a contemporary character. The broad collection ranges from early works by Rembrandt van Rijn and Lucas van Leyden's Last Judgement to modern classics of De Stijl and artworks created by contemporary artists such as Claudy Jongstra, Atelier van Lieshout and many others.

Wikipedia: Museum De Lakenhal (EN)

13. Kapel van Onze Lieve Vrouw van de Rozenkrans

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The Chapel of Our Dear Sacred Rosary's Wife is a modern, now traditional Catholic church, leading the church in the Dutch city. The church was built in 1961 and is the mission of the Apostolic Society. The church is located in the cage area of sumatrastraat, which is a design of A. Deck and p. Van der Stree, dedicated to our dear Rose Sutra wife. The church is served by the Brotherhood of Priests sint pius x, a traditional movement within the Catholic Church.

Wikipedia: Onze Lieve Vrouwekapel Leiden (NL)

14. Naturalis Biodiversity Centre

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Naturalis Biodiversity Centre thedogg from Breda, Netherlands / CC BY-SA 2.0

Naturalis Biodiversity Center is a national museum of natural history and a research center on biodiversity in Leiden, Netherlands. It was named the European Museum of the Year 2021. Although its current name and organization are relatively recent, the history of Naturalis can be traced back to the early 1800s. Its collection includes approximately 42 million specimens, making it one of the largest natural history collections in the world.

Wikipedia: Naturalis Biodiversity Center (EN)

15. Groot Sionshof

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The Groot Sionshof, or van Swietenhof, is a courtyard on the Sionsteeg in the city center of the Dutch city of Leiden. It was founded in 1480 by Hugo van Zwieten and Luydgaert Claesdochter van Bosschuyzen. In terms of foundation, it is the second oldest still existing courtyard in Leiden, but it is no longer in its original location: it was moved from the Papengracht to the Sionsteeg in 1668 due to dilapidation.

Wikipedia: Groot Sionshof (NL)

16. Hartebrugkerk

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Hartebrugkerk Michiel1972 / CC BY-SA 3.0

Heart Bridge Church is a church in Dutch cities. The church is part of the parish saints petrus and paulus. The official name is the perfect reception for our dear wife. The church is named after its front bridge. Among the leaders, the church, also known as the church of celiegele, uses the last words of the Latin spell above the entrance, his domus de i est et porta celi.

Wikipedia: Hartebrugkerk (NL)

17. Het Leids Wevershuis

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Museum Het Leids Wevershuis consists of one of the last remaining "weavers' homes" (1560) in Leiden, Netherlands. The exterior, the large antique loom (1830) and the interior, are testimony of the once flourishing textile industry around Leiden, in particular during the 16th and 17th century, when many home weavers supplied the draper's guild with high quality woolen cloth.

Wikipedia: Museum Het Leids Wevershuis (EN)

18. Moskee Al Hijra

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The Al Hijra Mosque is a mosque in the Dutch city of Leiden, which has been located at Rembrandtstraat 10 since about 1982. Because the building became too small for the Moroccan religious community, a new building was taken into use on the Ter Haarkade in 2018. The name Al Hijra or Al Hijra refers to the migration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622.

Wikipedia: Moskee Al Hijra (NL)

19. De Heesterboom

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d'Heesterboom, also De Heesterboom, is a sawmill in the Dutch city of Leiden. He belongs to the Top 100 of the Rijksdienst voor de Monumentenzorg. The mill is located at the Noordman timber trade on the Haagweg on a plot on the Oude Rijn/Galgewater. The mill has three saw windows. The middle window consists of a saw and shell window.

Wikipedia: D'Heesterboom (NL)

20. Sieboldhuis

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Sieboldhuis Niels from Amsterdam, NL / CC BY-SA 2.0

Japan Museum SieboldHuis is a museum located at the Rapenburg (Leiden) in Leiden, Netherlands. It displays items that were collected by Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866) between 1823 and 1829 during his stay at Dejima, the Dutch trade colony nearby Nagasaki in Japan. It also functions as a museum of Japanese culture.

Wikipedia: SieboldHuis (EN)

21. Hooglandse Kerk

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The Hooglandse Kerk is a Gothic church in Leiden. Its earliest parts date back to the last quarter of the fourteenth century. Most of the current structure dates from the fifteenth century. The brick church was dedicated to St. Pancras and today serves parishioners of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands.

Wikipedia: Hooglandse Kerk (EN)

22. Pieter Loridanshofje

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Pieter Loridanshof is a courtyard in the Dutch city of Leiden, at the Oude Varkenmarkt 1. The courtyard was founded in 1655 by Pieter Loridan and consists of an entrance pavilion with regent's room and 12 houses. In 1950 the folding house was restored. Since 1968 it has had the status of a national monument.

Wikipedia: Pieter Loridanshof (NL)

23. Paviljoenshof

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The pavilion court is a complex residence in a Dutch city. Courts can take care of themselves through the entrance of the villa located on the road to the station, called arnold kroon, kroon and cafe. The complex consists of 33 contiguous courthouse dwellings, spread across four lanes, with a shared garden.

Wikipedia: Paviljoenshof (NL)

24. Joseph Scaliger

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Joseph Justus Scaliger was a French Calvinist religious leader and scholar, known for expanding the notion of classical history from Greek and Ancient Roman history to include Persian, Babylonian, Jewish and Ancient Egyptian history. He spent the last sixteen years of his life in the Netherlands.

Wikipedia: Joseph Justus Scaliger (EN)

25. Jean Michelshofje

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The Jean Michelhof, also known as Jan Michielshof, is one of the 35 courtyards of the Dutch city of Leiden. The courtyard is located in the Pieterswijk right opposite the Lokhorstkerk in the Pieterskerkstraat 10-12. The courtyard was founded in 1687 by Catharina Geschier, widow of Jan Michielsz.

Wikipedia: Jean Michelhof (NL)

26. National Museum of Ethnology

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The National Museum of Ethnology, is an ethnographic museum in the Netherlands located in the university city of Leiden. As of 2014, the museum, along with the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, and the Africa Museum in Berg en Dal, together make up the National Museum of World Cultures.

Wikipedia: National Museum of Ethnology (Netherlands) (EN)

27. François Houttijnshof

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François Houttijnshof Rudolphous / CC BY 3.0

François Houttijnshof is a courtyard in the Dutch city of Leiden. The courtyard is located at Hooigracht 81 and contains 9 houses. In 1736 it was decided to found the courtyard, the completion was a year later. It has a sober entrance and a stone with inscription 1737.

Wikipedia: François Houttijnshof (NL)

28. De Burcht

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The Burcht van Leiden is an old shell keep in Leiden constructed in the 11th century. It is located at the spot where two tributaries of the Rhine come together, the Oude Rijn and the Nieuwe Rijn. The structure is on top of a motte, and is today a public park.

Wikipedia: Burcht van Leiden (EN)

29. Evangelisch Lutherse kerk

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Evangelical Lutheran Church is a church in the Dutch city of Leiden. The church is located at Hooglandse Kerkgracht 26. The building dates from 1618 and is therefore the oldest church building that was built for the Protestant service in the city.

Wikipedia: Evangelisch-Lutherse kerk (Leiden) (NL)

30. Remonstrantse Broederschap Lokhorstkerk

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The Lokhorstkerk is a religious building in the Pieterswijk in the city center of Leiden in the Dutch province of South Holland. The combined Mennonite and Remonstrant congregations hold their worship services there. It is a national monument.

Wikipedia: Lokhorstkerk (NL)

31. Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

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Rijksmuseum Boerhaave is a museum of the history of science and medicine, based in Leiden, Netherlands. The museum hosts a collection of historical scientific instruments from all disciplines, but mainly from medicine, physics, and astronomy.

Wikipedia: Museum Boerhaave (EN)

32. Sint Annahof of Joostenpoort

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The Sint Annahof or Joostenpoort is a courtyard on the Zegersteeg in the city center of the Dutch city of Leiden. The courtyard also has a (nicer) gate at the end of the Doelengracht, which is referred to there as the 5th Binnenvestgracht.

Wikipedia: Sint Annahof of Joostenpoort (NL)

33. Groeneveld

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The Green Zone Foundation is one of the youngest courts in Dutch cities. The court is located on the ancient vest, near the main theatre. The court was founded in 1878 by Eduard cornelis Greeneveld and built in 1882.

Wikipedia: Groeneveldstichting (NL)

34. Morspoort

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Mortar Gate is the western city gate leading to the southern air country, which is located near the mortar gate. Shimen was built in 1669 in a humanistic style according to the design of authoritative architects.

Wikipedia: Morspoort (NL)

35. Klein Sionshofje of Weduwenhofje

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Klein Sionshof is a courtyard at Schoolsteeg 1-5 in the Dutch city of Leiden, province of South Holland. The courtyard has a sandstone gate, which is crowned by pediment with inscription over the foundation.

Wikipedia: Klein Sionshof (NL)

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