Once a year in most Dutch cities, Monument Weekend means that many buildings normally not open are possible to visit. Sen and I visited 3 churches, 2 courtyards and the Leiden Free Mason Lodge on Saturday.
The Hooglandskerk, Leiden, 13 September 2008
On Sunday we went to Amsterdam and cycled to various churches, the De Beurs van Berlage (built as a stock exchange between 1898 and 1903, but now used as a conference centre) and the Oost-Indisch Huis (where sea trade in the 17th + 18th centures was managed, which resulted in the wealth which built Amsterdam)
Left: The Westerkerk.
Right: The St Elisabeth Catholic Church.