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Hooglandse Kerk

Nieuwstraat 20
2312KC Leiden
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The Hooglandse Kerk is a church beautifully situated in Leiden’s historic inner city. At just a stone’s throw away from the citadel and past the Nieuwe Rijn, the Hooglandse Kerk lies surrounded by gentlemen’s houses and inner courts. There is more that makes it special, however. Its interior is definitely worth a visit.

  • Admire the interior and exterior of this wonderful Gothic church.
  • Stand amazed at the special architecture.
  • Don’t forget to explore the pleasant surroundings of the church.


The building has a quirky structure. The low nave does not match up with the high choir and transept. The reason is that, due to a series of misfortunes, the church was never completed. The Hooglandse kerk does have many special features, however, such as its big windows, Gothic decorations and the world’s widest Gothic transept.

Hooglandse Kerkgracht

The Hooglandse Kerkgracht lies just next to the church. Its canal was drained centuries ago but it remains one of the most beautiful streets in Leiden. So take a walk around the church and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere in the old city centre.

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