Denomination Roman Catholic
Website St. Joseph Leiden
Height 53 m
Dedications Saint Joseph, Mary
Tradition Latin Rite
Consecrated 17 September 1925
Bishop Hans van den Hende
|Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Rotterdam|
Architects Jan van der Laan, Leo van der Laan
Similar Heilige Lodewijkkerk, Sint‑Petruskerk, Meerburgkerk, Zijlpoort, Hooglandse Kerk
St. Joseph Church is the largest Roman Catholic parish church still in use in Leiden in the diocese of Rotterdam. It is also called the Herensingelkerk, because it is situated at the street called Herensingel. The church is a national heritage site and one of the tallest buildings in the centre of Leiden.
The church was built in 1925 and designed by the architects Leo and Jan van der Laan in an expressionistic style related to the New Hague School. In 1934 the nearby Assumption of Mary Church in Leiden was closed and merged with the St. Joseph. From that moment the church is officially named Our Lady Assumption and Saint Joseph.
The nave is relatively wide with the purpose to give al participants a clear view on the altar. The narrow aisles show stations of the Cross painted in 1943 by Wijnand Geraedts which also include an extra scene with the Ascension of Jesus. The apse is dominated by a fresco painted in 1931 by Alex Asperslagh in Jugendstil style, depicting the Trinity. The pneumatic organ is from 1929 by Valckx & Van Kouteren. The wooden altar contains relics of Saint Boniface and the martyrs of Gorkum. The left chapel is dedicated to Padre Pio and contains a statue of his.