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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.
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.