Leiden, a key to discoveries

Leiden – a university city (since 1575) in Netherlands, scientific centre with cultural heritage (e.g. Rembrandt, was born and educated here). Formed an artificial hill (today with the shell keep: the Burcht van Leiden) at the confluence of the rivers: Oude and Nieuwe Rijn (Old and New Rhine). The name of the city comes from Germanic and means “at the canals, a human-modified natural rivers”.

Leiden, “a key to discoveries”, hosts Leiden University (the oldest university of the Netherlands and one of the best universities in Europe, with thirteen Nobel Prize winners), Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden University of Applied Sciences.

Ξ Leiden webpage

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Den Haag

The Hague (Den Haag) – the third-largest city in the Netherlands (after Amsterdam and Rotterdam), the capital of the South Holland province, the seat of government of the Netherlands (the capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam). Home of some 200 international governmental organisations, among them: the International Court of Justice (of the United Nations).

Die Haghe was first mentioned in 1242, two centuries later as Des Graven hage (“The Count’s Wood”). ‘s Gravenhage is used till now in official documents.

June 2016

Ξ The Hague webpage

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Leiden, a key to discoveries

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