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Churches, Leiden: 32 reviews and 52 photos

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When you arrive at Haarlemmerstraat, the shopping street in Leiden CBD, you will notice the Hartebrug Church.
Centuries after the reformation, in 1830, Pastor Goffers still held church services in this church in the Haarlemmerstraat. Post reformation, Catholic churches were forbidden in Leiden and the north of the Netherlands so they went underground and held services in dark attics. In 1830 the Reformation was long over and a freedom of religion reigned.
The Pastor wanted more space to receive more believers so he located a building in another part of the street. Unfortunately the building belonged to a protestant who wouldn't sell it to him (old prejudices die hard). So Pastor Goffers used a friend to buy it. Then the story spread this friend was really buying it for the church. To counter this the pastor sent carpenters to the old underground church, to keep up appearances. The protestant believed the old church was being renovated and the rumor was not true so he sold the building. In 1836 a new church designed by Th. Molkenboer stood on the spot . The motto in golden characters on the facade (Hic Domus Dei est et Porta Coeli) mean: this is the house of God and the gate to heaven.
The church is open much of the time and features a classic interior.

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  • Written Jun 20, 2007
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