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History of Leiden, Netherlands

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(Holland) (Leyden)

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A common nickname for the city is 'the Key City', referring to the two keys in the city's coat of arms.

Leiden has the oldest theatre in the Netherlands, Leiden Schouwburg, built in 1705.

Leiden also has the oldest university in the Netherlands. In 1575, William of Orange offered Leiden's citizens the University of Leiden for its heroic resistance during the siege by the Spanish.


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  • In 1572, the city of Leiden sided with the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule and played an important role in the Eighty Years' War.

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  • The University of Leiden was founded by William I of Orange in 1575

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  • On 12 January 1807, a catastrophe struck the city when a boat loaded with 17,400 kilograms of gunpowder blew up in the middle of Leiden.
    151 persons were killed, over 2,000 were injured and some 220 homes were destroyed.
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  • In 1842, the railroad from Leiden to Haarlem was inaugurated

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  • Johan Rudolf Thorbecke (1798–1872) wrote the Dutch Constitution in April 1848 in his house at Garenmarkt 9 in Leiden.

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  • 1895 - Leyden / Leiden
    Leyden, or Leiden, li'den (Fr. Leyde, lèd or laid; L. Lugdu'num Batavo'rum), a city of the Netherlands, in South Holland, 22 miles S.W. of Amsterdam, ...Read MORE...


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  • In 1572, the city of Leiden sided with the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule and played an important role in the Eighty Years' War.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • The University of Leiden was founded by William I of Orange in 1575

    www.wikipedia.org
  • On 12 January 1807, a catastrophe struck the city when a boat loaded with 17,400 kilograms of gunpowder blew up in the middle of Leiden.
    151 persons were killed, over 2,000 were injured and some 220 homes were destroyed.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • In 1842, the railroad from Leiden to Haarlem was inaugurated

    www.wikipedia.org
  • Johan Rudolf Thorbecke (1798–1872) wrote the Dutch Constitution in April 1848 in his house at Garenmarkt 9 in Leiden.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1895 - Leyden / Leiden
    Leyden, or Leiden, li'den (Fr. Leyde, lèd or laid; L. Lugdu'num Batavo'rum), a city of the Netherlands, in South Holland, 22 miles S.W. of Amsterdam, ... Read MORE...

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