The 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn was born on 15 July 1606 right here in Leiden.
His exact place of birth (house) was demolished in the early 20th century. A small plaque on a ground floor apartment wall in red letters serves as a reminder of its existence. Rembrandt lived here in the Weddesteeg street till 1631.
Rembrandtplaats or Rembrandt Square is a quiet open park across this memorial plaque. It has a statue of a young man (Rembrandt probably?) gazing a bronze Rembrandt’s self-portrait on an easel. There is also a ceramic portrait of Rembrandt on the other side of the building wall.
Rembrandt did not become a great painter in Leiden. It was in Amsterdam.
If you are interested, check out Rembrandt House Museum / Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam.
Just a few meters away, Rembrandt Bridge.