Stichting Internationale Herdenking Leidens Ontzet
3 Jaagpad, Leiden, Netherlands
Stichting Internationale Herdenking Leidens Ontzet Reviews
Sep 19, 2007
Party time in Leiden on the second and third of octobre because of the history of the city!
There will be the second largest fanfair of Holland, theatreplots on the streets, music on the streets and bars/café, great nightlife on the streets and lots more. Come and find out! Enjoy your selfs!
The siege of Leiden occurred during the Eighty Years' War in 1573 and 1574, when the Spanish attempted to capture the rebellious city but ultimately failed.
The Netherlands belonged to the kingdom of Spain. Most of the counties of Holland and Zeeland were occupied by rebels in 1572, who wanted to end the reign of terror of the Spanish Duke of Alva, governor-general of the Netherlands. This territory had a very high density of cities, which were protected by huge defenseworks and by the boglands, which could easily be put under water.
The duke of Alva tried to break resistance with brutal force. The rebels learned that there was no mercy. The county of Holland was split in two when Haarlem was conquered by the Spaniards. First Alva failed to conquer Alkmaar in the north, but the city held out for a long time and Alva decided to turn south to the main territory of the rebels and headed for Leiden.
On 2 and 3 October, after the storms finally came, a relief force of Geux de Mer (Sea Beggars) were approaching Leiden by flat bottomed boats.
October 3 is celebrated every year in Leiden. It is a huge party, with an enormous funfair and a dozen of open air discos in the night. The municipality gives free herring and white bread to the citizens of Leiden.
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Part of the list Things to do in the Netherlands
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