"Town hall" Historical Leiden Tip by OlafS

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  Leiden: town hall
by OlafS

The town hall has a facade in Renaissance style, which was added to a medieval building in 1597 by Flemish architect Lieven de Key, who mostly worked in Haarlem. It's a symbol of Leiden's fast economic growth after the breaking of the Spanish siege in 1574. Above the gate a poem commemorates the siege. The facade survived a fire in 1929 which destroyed the rest of the building. The current townhall was build between 1934 and 1940 in a Traditionalistic style. Graphic artist M.C. Escher provided some of the decorations of the interior.

Website: http://www.muurgedichten.nl

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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