The Marekerk is one of the most beautiful old buildings in Leiden; the round dome dominates a large part of the silhouette of the city. The Marekerk was built in 1649 and is one of the first churches designed for Protestant religious services. The church has an extraordinary shape: an octagonal centred plane. The church was built especially for the Protestant service: its focus is on the pulpit, with chairs and pews grouped around it.
The octagonal church with its beautiful chandeliers is a characteristic event location with many options, from dinner for 100 people to a gathering of 550 people in a theatre setting or a reception for 700 people. The church and adjacent Marehuis are regularly available – except for Sundays and holidays – to rent for conferences, dinners, receptions, concerts and other events.
The total floor space of the historical Marekerk consists of about 400 m2. The church pews provide space for over 500 guests in the church. The seating in the church pews is very characteristic and provides a nice separation. The Marekerk has a modern sound system which can be used for seminars and other activities. In winter the Marekerk can be heated to a very comfortable temperature.
The Marehuis lies adjacent to the Marekerk. It is a beautiful canal-side house with various meeting rooms, a big kitchen and loft. The biggest room provides space to 65 people in a theatre setting. The main entrance to the Marehuis is 100 metres from the entrance to the Marekerk on Oude Vest, but the building can also be accessed from the church.
In principle, the Marehuis rooms are only available for rent when combined with the church.
From Leiden Central Station, it is approximately a 10-minute walk. Alongside Oude Vest there are options to park for visitors. Before 9:00 and after 21:00 parking alongside Oude Vest is free of charge. There is a big multi-storey car park at Langegracht near the Digros, a few minutes’ walk from the church. It is also possible to reach Oude Vest by boat.