13 Facts About Leiden


Leiden is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland, Netherlands.

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University city since 1575, Leiden has been one of Europe's most prominent scientific centres for more than four centuries.

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Leiden is a typical university city, university buildings are scattered throughout the city and the many students from all over the world give the city a bustling, vivid and international atmosphere.

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Leiden University is one of Europe's top universities, with thirteen Nobel Prize winners.

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Leiden is a city with a rich cultural heritage, not only in science, but in the arts.

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Leiden was formed on an artificial hill at the confluence of the rivers Oude and Nieuwe Rijn .

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Leiden has in the past erroneously been associated with the Roman outpost Lugdunum Batavorum.

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Landlord of Leiden, situated in a stronghold on the hill, was initially subject to the Bishop of Utrecht but around 1100 the burgraves became subject to the county of Holland.

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Leiden rolled the cannons along with his army but one which was too heavy went by ship.

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Leiden is known as the place where the Pilgrims lived, they operated a printing press for a time in the early 17th century before their departure to Massachusetts and New Amsterdam in the New World.

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Leiden felt that international copyright restrictions would stifle the Dutch publishing industry.

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University of Leiden is famous for its many discoveries including Snell's law andthe famous Leyden jar, a capacitor made from a glass jar, invented in Leiden by Pieter van Musschenbroek in 1746.

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Leiden has important functions as a shopping and trade centre for communities around the city.

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