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Academiegebouw Leiden

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Rapenburg 73
2311GJ Leiden
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The Academiegebouw is the oldest building in Leiding. It used to be a monastery and dates from the 15th century. Leiden University  annexed the building in 1581. Despite several conversions and renovations its Neo Gothic style has always remained intact. Even today the Academiegebouw still plays an important part in the lives of students in Leiden. Graduation and PhD ceremonies occur in the old building on a daily basis.

  • Admire the oldest building in Leiden.
  • Also see what's known as the 'sweat room’, where Leiden University graduates write their names on the walls.
  • Request a tour at the local tourist office.

‘Sweating room’

The ‘sweating room’ is the most well-known room in the Academiegebouw. Every student dreams of entering its confines, since this is where examination students await their results. Graduates and PhD students write their names on the walls. Among the thousands of signatures you will find several members of the Royal Family, Winston Churchill en Nelson Mandela.

Visiting the Academiegebouw

The Academiegebouw is one of the most important national monuments in Leiden. It is located on Rapenburg 73. If you would like to take a tour of the building, you should contact them in advance but you can also book a tour via the local tourist office.

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