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"De Waag \ The weighing House" Top 5 Page for this destination Historical Leiden Tip by Mique

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  The weighing house
by Mique

The Weighing House and the Butter hall behind it were build in 1657. Since goods were usually shipped to Leiden, the weighing house is not on a square (Leiden has no main square) but is build next to one of the canals.

Everything that weighted above 10 kilo needed to be weighted here by official weighters before it was sold. This way it was prevented that people got less then they paid for.

Every year on the 3rd of october the traditional distribution of herring and white bread is here to commemorate the fact that the spaniards left the besiege of Leiden in 1574.


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  • Written Feb 28, 2004
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