135 years of history of De Passage, the oldest shopping arcade in the Netherlands

135 years of history

The stories of that time

Anniversary calendar

Facts & numbers


The Passage was opened on May 4, 1885. The Passage turned 135 this year!

Construction period

The Passage was built in the same period as the famous Kurhaus in Scheveningen. Both buildings represent the relatively rapid growth of The Hague at the end of the 19th century.

1st stone laid

The foundation stone of the Passage was laid on July 18, 1884 by Louise Eliza Uyttenhoven. She was 4 years old.

Technological advancement

It was not until the mid-19th century that it became technically possible to manufacture larger glass surfaces. Suddenly it became possible to place large windows in a shop. With that, the shop window was born. Before that time, products were mainly in closed containers behind the counter.

Oldest passage

The Haagse Passage is the oldest covered passage in our country. The Passage in Rotterdam was built 5 years earlier at the time, but unfortunately it was lost during World War II.

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