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Prison Gate Building

Monument in The Hague

Published: 17 August 2009 Modified: 02 September 2010

In the Middle Ages, the Prison Gate was one of the gates to the earl’s castle on the Binnenhof. From approximately 1420 the building was a prison used by the earls, later it was a prison for the Court of Holland.

Since 1882 it has been a museum for instruments of torture and punishment.

The thoroughfare past the Prison Gate dates from 1923; before that time houses were located between the gate and the Hofvijver pond. Through the gate you can see the statue of Johan de Witt. It reminds us of the spot where this Grand Pensionary and his brother Cornelis were murdered in 1672.

Address & contact for The Prison Gate

Buitenhof 33
2513 AB The Hague
Telephone: (070) 346 08 61

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