cultural heritage

The Keys of Heaven

The keys are a symbol of Leiden and are found everywhere. According to the information we gathered, these are the keys of Saint Peter. Like the coats of arms in Ghana that talks about the belief of the people and acts as a cultural symbol, the keys of Saint Peter have become a symbol that people identify themselves with. Saints Peter was the Patron Saint of the town, and the visibility of the keys, in public and community spaces, shows how important this key is to the people of Leiden as a tangible heritage acquired from the Bible days.

What is the original color of Rembradt bridge in Leiden?

Rembrandt Bridge (Rembrandtbrug) was built in 1983 as a replica of a 17th-century bridge that was in the same place. The bridge was rebuilt in color white. However, according to archive research from Heritage and Environment of Leiden (Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken), the original bridge design in 1768 was in English red with black. The research did not please some of the local residents. Friends of Rembrandt Bridge (Vrienden van de Rembrandtbrug) made petitions against the change of color and stuck the "Liever wit dan dit (Better white that this)" over the trial color. 

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