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Our tour guide showed us photos after the dreadful winter fire of 1929 where is was completely gutted – not even its roof remained! The scene was black soot and smoke juxtaposed with pendant icicles covering every window and door. Even the firemen fighting the...More
This wonderful building is worth seeing. Best to "read up" on its history before going to get the full value from the visit. Leiden itself is worth taking time to look around. It has an amazing history of which this building played such a big...More
I did my best reading the posted signs of the history of the site. I understand it was really badly burned in 1929 and ten re-built again. It is a magnificent building today. Unfortunately it seems not to be open to the general public except...More
It dominated the greater part of the area near the Rijn, It has a superb architectural design of a Dutch Renaissance with a tower elegant and tall. We just viewed it from the Stadhuisplein still i was awed by the massive dominance of the building.
This cathedral is massive and spreads out over a large city block in a horizontal direction. Looks great from the outside. Unlike other cathedrals, this one did not seem very inviting so I did not go inside.
Contrary to its name in Tripadvisor, the present City Hall (‘Stadhuis’ in Dutch) of Leiden is not a building from 1596. The old town hall, which had a Renaissance facade by Lieven de Key fronting a medieval building, was destroyed by a huge fire in...More
This building constructed before 1600 dominates Breestraat, the street it fronts. The building is massive with a beautiful tower. I read how it was largely destroyed in a fire in 1929. You can still see the blackened stone on parts of it. It was rebuilt,...More
when i first moved here i'd tell people that i think the town should charge 5 cents to drive by on breestraat each time. this way MAYbe people would actually SEE it again...instead of it being 'furniture'. art no longer seen...and it's nicely lit at...More