Sufi Temple Universel, Katwijk aan Zee

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Sufi Temple Universel, Katwijk aan Zee

You imagine yourself in another country when a dome in the Katwijk dunes suddenly appears. Hidden behind a dune is the Universel, a temple with an onion-shaped roof. The Universel Temple was designed by architect Samuel van Embden. He chose to make the building of concrete, yet it feels very warm inside. Light streams through numerous small openings in the wall and the translucent dome casts an amber glow. Around the Universel runs a path through the dunes, ending at the spot where Hazrat Inayat Khan had a special spiritual experience.

Opening hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

1.00 PM to 5.00 PM

Closed on

From Monday the 20th to Wednesday the 29th of May & from Wednesday the 3rd to Friday the 12th of July, the Sufi temple is closed.

Viewing card

Discover the hidden treasures

We have selected the temple's highlights for you. There is a remarkable story behind each one. Ask for the viewing card when you visit. It will lead you to all the highlights.

More information

Entree to the temple is free of charge

The viewing card is available for free in Dutch and English


How do you get to the Universel Temple?

By car

The temple is easily accessible by car. You can park at the Zuidduin car park. From there it is a few minutes walk to the temple. Look for parking rates on

By public transport

From Leiden Central, bus 431 goes directly to Boulevard-Zuid in Katwijk. From there it is a 7 minute walk. Plan your trip on


Zuidduinseweg 5, 2225 JS Katwijk aan Zee
06 4265 1155