Morspoort, Leiden
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Morspoort city gate

Leiden had several city gates in the Middle Ages, but only the Morspoort and Zijlpoort survived the centuries. The Morspoort is located on the western edge of the city. In the past this was not the most pleasant place to enter the city since the bodies of hanged criminals were on display here. Fortunately we no longer do this and the Morspoort is now a beautiful national monument with its striking cupola and wonderful entrance.

  • See one of Leiden's last remaining city gates.
  • The Morspoort is over four hundred years old.
  • Take a moment to relax and enjoy the sun while looking out onto the Morspoort.
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The Morspoort’s name

Its name ‘Mors’ comes from the word ‘morass’. The western part of Leiden used to be a marshy meadow area. When the Morspoort was completed in 1611 this seems the name most naturally suited. The gate was always manned by city guards. It was part of the city’s defensive walls. Its cupola also served as a prison for some time.


The Morspoort is more than a beautiful entrance to the city. It is a pleasant part of Leiden with beautiful terraces that are always in the sun.

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