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The Wall Poems of Leiden

There are well over 100 poems carefully hand-painted on public walls throughout the city of Leiden, including works by Rimbaud, Shakespeare, Marina Tsvetaeva, e.e. cummings, Basho, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Sapho, Dylan Thomas, Derek Walcott, and William Butler Yeats. 

One is written in the curvy Lantara script of South Sulawesi’s Buganese language; another (credited as the oldest known Dutch text) was penned by a Flemish monk circa 1100; and there are shape poems (one looks like a tornado, another like a gigantic metal spike) as well as one poem that imitates the chirping of a bird:

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Rijnlandse Roede (The Rhenish Rod) 20180.4kmsite_ao
De Leidse Zeemijn (Leiden’s Naval Mine) 20200.2kmsite_ao
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OWL citywalk 2019 en 0.5kmsite_izi
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Ehrenfesthuis (Ehrenfest House) 20201.2kmsite_ao
Einstein’s Chair 20200.9kmsite_ao
Burcht van Leiden 20190.3kmsite_ao
Museum Depot 20190.5kmsite_ao
Graveyard Groenesteeg 20190.5kmsite_ao
‘Bagage’ 20190.9kmsite_ao
Willebrord Snellius’ Grave 20160.6kmsite_ao
Leiden Gunpowder Disaster Memorial 20150.5kmsite_ao
The Old Leiden Belltower 20150.4kmsite_ao
The Old Leiden Belltower 20150.4kmsite_ao
Hooglandse Kerk Clock 20160.2kmsite_ao
Greccio Museum of Devotional Items 20120.5kmsite_ao
Gebouw Leidsch Dagblad Elephant Drainpipe 20151.1kmsite_ao
Masonic Temple Loge La Vertu 20160.4kmsite_ao
Leiden Stones 20150.4kmsite_ao
Leiden Observatory 20150.9kmsite_ao
The Hidden Eschers of Leiden 20150.3kmsite_ao
The Hidden Eschers of Leiden 20150.3kmsite_ao
Hortus Botanicus Leiden 20130.9kmsite_ao
Museum Boerhaave 20090.6kmsite_ao
Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory Plaque 20190.5kmsite_ao
Leiden’s Monumental Urinal 20190.4kmsite_ao
Gravensteen’s Whipping Pole 20190.6kmsite_ao
Bakkerssteeg Street Sign 20190.2kmsite_ao
Leiden’s Floating Christmas Market 20180.3kmsite_ao
Victoria Amazonica 20180.9kmsite_ao
The Rhenish Rod 20180.4kmsite_ao
Where Science Meets Wall Art 20170.6kmsite_ao
Where the Heineken Star Came From 20170.8kmsite_ao
Temple of Taffeh 20180.7kmsite_ao
Zweetkamertje (Sweat Room) 20160.8kmsite_ao
Hidden Basement in Smit 20180.4kmsite_ao
Bibliotheca Thysiana 20180.8kmsite_ao
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