Gevangenis De Koepel

Built: 1901

Abandoned: 2016

Visited: 2017

Haarlem, The Netherlands

Gevangenis De Koepel is a former prison in Haarlem, Netherlands. It is one of three Panopticon-style prison buildings in The Netherlands. The prison was designed by Willem Metzelaar, his father designed the other two dome prisons in The Netherlands. These are in Arnhem and Breda.


Gevangenis De Koepel was completed in 1901. In the central building there are four floors with a total of 400 cells. These floors can be reached from the hall via iron galleries and spiral staircases. In later years, the complex within the walls of the prison grounds was expanded with a few buildings. The national monument closed in 2016. After the prison’s closure, the building, along with the one at Arnhem, was used to house asylum seekers to the Netherlands.

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