Mysical Leiden, Netherlands - with photos

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The unusual entry to the a graveyard in Leiden
Leiden a small town between Amsterdam and The Hague is full of history. Not only is it the birth place of Rembrandt. It has the oldest university in the Northern Netherlands, which was founded in the mid 1500's during the 80-Years War.


A host of famous intellectuals have worked their including Einstein (1920's) and visited by notables like Robert Oppenheimer in 1928. The fountain pen Einstein  used to write down his research on general relativity is now on display in the Boerhaave Museum in Leiden.



The town also has more esoteric interests worthy of Dan Brown. The Egyptian collection in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (founded in 1818). Dhr Zahi Hawass the current head of antiquities in Egypt also studied in Leiden.This qaint little town hosts its own Egyptian temple.


Other some what odd temples dotted around town is a Greek temple the spans the main canal reflecting in the water a traditional masonic symbol, what is above so is below. Which should come as no surprise since a short walk away on Steeschuur street is a large Masonic Lodge.

The Catholic Hartebrug Church in the center of town is also unusual in it's faux classical style with an odd Eye of Illumination painted on the front. 
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The unusual entry to the a graveya…
The unusual entry to the a gravey…
Einstein Bar, celebrating one of L…
Einstein Bar, celebrating one of …
Egyptian temple in Leiden
Egyptian temple in Leiden
Odd signs built into the wall Leid…
Odd signs built into the wall Lei…
Owl of Minerva, student mascot and…
Owl of Minerva, student mascot an…
Leiden history some buildings show…
Leiden history some buildings sho…
The unusual entry to the a graveya…
The unusual entry to the a gravey…
An odd attachment to the side of t…
An odd attachment to the side of …
Masonic Lodge in the center of Lei…
Masonic Lodge in the center of Le…
the Masonic crest of a compass and…
the Masonic crest of a compass an…
And every where your watched by ca…
And every where your watched by c…
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