Heilige Lodewijkkerk, Leiden

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The Heilige Lodewijkkerk, also called the St. Louis Church, is a Roman Catholic church at the Steenschuur in Leiden.
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  • Mass on Sunday evenings as of 2022 is at 5:00 (17:00) for anyone wondering! Beautiful church and centrally located to walk around the town - not too far from the botanical gardens as well 
    Mass on Sunday evenings as of 2022 is at 5:00 (17:00) for anyone wondering! Beautiful church and centrally located to walk around the town - not too far from the botanical gardens as well  more »
  • A beautiful church by one of the main canals in Leiden. There is a 10am mass in Dutch/Latin on Sundays and a 6pm mass in English Sunday evening. Very solemn service and welcoming community. Park in a....  more
    A beautiful church by one of the main canals in Leiden. There is a 10am mass in Dutch/Latin on Sundays and a 6pm mass in English Sunday evening. Very solemn service and welcoming community. Park in a....  more »
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  • The tune that can sometimes be heard is 'Dona nobis pacem', meaning 'Grant us peace'. You can sing it as a 'canon'. The church was damaged by the gunpowder disaster on January 12, 1807. Half of the church was a goner, but the tower was still standing. Lodewijk Napoleon (the brother of) helped rebuilding the church. On the website (choose Dutch) of this church (Historie kerk) you can find this history. Before the gunpowder disaster the church was in use as a hall where textile was inspected. The explosion was like hell, but it brought heaven back to the believers, as it meant that the church was given back its original destination. Later on, it also meant the building of the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory, on ground zero, where, in 1908, it was the coldest place on earth, when Helium was liquefied there for the first time.
  • Had english mass at 6pm every Sunday. Very open to new people. Have many other activities.

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