Historical Leiden, Leiden
This bridge is the place where for centuries the grain was traded. Since it was such an important business the bridge got a roof on both sides of the bridge so the merchandise stayed dry (1834).
This 17th century building burned down completely in januari 1929. The only part that remained was its facade. So the new town hall was build using this old facade and in the same style.
The city hall in Leiden dates back to the middleages. But the marvellous facade wasn't added to thebuilding until 1597. The picture shows you the new city hall, which was built in 1940.
Leiden was surrounded by a fortified wall of which the Zijlpoort was an entry. Not that you'd feel very welcome with canons pointed at you to this day!
This looks like an open almshouse, restored for modern living with a nice garden too.
I forgot to make a photo of the plaque so I have little information.
The impressive Stadhuis dominates Breestraat. I think it was damaged by fire and rebuilt at the start of the last century
This photo was taken from the Stadhuis steps, from where, in 1574, it was announced the Spanish siege was over.
The Morspoort is one of two survivors out of a total of eight gates that once gave access to the town of Leiden. It's a nice example of Renaissance architecture.
Take a close look at all the details
You can see a replica of the castle in several places. For instance, on this entrance gate.
Yes, the romans were here. Don't expect any aquaducts or so. But you can visit the archeological museum
The Pilgrim Museum. The Pilgrim Fathers lived in Leiden before going to America and found the United States.