Pieterskerk Leiden
Pieterskerk Leiden
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Pieterskerk has been the central touchstone of Leiden for almost 900 years. St. Peter’s two keys form the Leiden coat of arms and symbolically unlock the gates to both Heaven and Earth. This symbolism is reflected in the use of the Pieterskerk. A transformation from a Catholic church into a reformed church and since 1976 a multifunctional meeting place in a monument of unique cultural-historical value. Feel free to discover the history of the Netherlands (and America) flowing through the Pieterskerk. Whatever area of the church you may visit, Floris V, Rembrandt van Rijn, John, Abigail & John Quincy Adams, Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, George Bush Sr., Princess Beatrix and King Willem-Alexander have trodden this place before you.
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RussS777
Marco Island, FL11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Came to St. Peter's to visit and pay respects to the place where Moses Symonds (Simmons) worshiped before the trip to America. Many tablets in the church to read about the history of the Church and the first pilgrims. I recommend having a coffee and treat in the gift shop. Very eventful and emotional for me.
Written 26 April 2020
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Mireille B
Ramnicu Valcea, Romania681 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I travelled solo by train to Leiden for a day trip ,to discover the keys of the town ,where Rembrandt was born .I wanted to enter the so -called Pilgrims'church and I could find the entrance not so easily .I found myself in a small cafe where I had to pay 4 euros for the visit ....I had only cash with me that day and the young guy told me that I need a card ...A Dutch kind lady helped me to pay and I gave her my money ...not a funny situation ...sometimes ,details are important.
The historic church is also the church where Rembrandt's parents got married in 1589 ,they were buried somewhere in front of the pulpit.Another great Dutch painter ,Jan Steen is buried here ,I also discovered his house in Leiden ,near Rembrandt's studio .The church was quiet ,it is the oldest one in Leiden .
Written 2 September 2019
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sherrychicago
Chicago, IL77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
I've been researching my genealogy, so while in the Netherlands my husband & I visited Pieterskirk in Leiden because several of my Pilgrim ancestors were baptized or married in Leiden. What a great experience! The church is located in a picturesque neighborhood of 18th C. buildings, although the church itself is older. The American pilgrims, who were mostly British spent 11 yrs in Leiden before they sailed for the New World. (They actually lived & worshiped in an adjacent building.) There is a monument to the Pilgrims outside the church. The inside is decorated plainly, in the Puritan style & some Pilgrims are buried in the church. A very well-informed young lady gave us a tour. Then we had a beverage afterward in the cafe & bought a book on the history of the church. I was a day I'll remember for a long time.
Written 29 October 2014
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Historrygrrrl
York, United Kingdom237 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
The Church is well worth a visit, especially for the Pilgrim Father exhibition, although the architecture, memorial monuments and other elements of church furniture are really interesting. Very good detailed information sheets which are available in multiple languages.
There is small entrance fee which gives a discount on the cafe. The cafe is lovely and inexpensive, so altogether, this is really well worth visiting.
Written 3 September 2014
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aafke b
Gouda, The Netherlands126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
Walking into the immense empty space is an overwhelming experience. A booklet as given on loan to help you find your way, but it can be bought afterwards. The church has a long history, well-preseved gravestones, interesting names and lots of beautifully written golden admonitions on the walls.There's no entrance fee, but a donation is welcome as the church is maintained by a local foundation.
Written 27 November 2017
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Kdyreng
Salt Lake City, UT122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
Many don't know Leiden was home to the Pilgrims before they came to the New World. This beautiful church (inside and out) was home to them and their place of worship for 7 years. There are no more regular services here, however on Thanksgiving there is a non-denominational service here in English to commemorate the Pilgrims having lived here. It is quite well attended, being so close to the Hague and the large international community.
Written 7 May 2014
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Katrin B
Cologne, Germany81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The surrounding are of the church is just too cute and picturesque that you can't not come here :) I went inside I can recommend the visit as the church is beautiful if you ask me, inside and out, but as I said please explore the area even if you decide not to go in. There's also cute little cafés close by! Definitely worth a visit this area of Leiden! :)
Written 9 February 2014
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,839 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
This church is located in a quieter part of town. Didn't manage to visit the inside of the church as it was closed but loved the architecture of this church. Worth a quick stop even if its just for a pic.
Written 8 November 2020
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Roberto I
The Hague, The Netherlands315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a huge, old church with an amazing amount of history, going from Catholic Basilica to Protestant and finally national monument
It is related particularly witht the Pilgrim Fathers,
It could be strange the central empty space of this big church........ but the Church organs are amazing and if you are lucky to have someone playing in the time you visit it, definitely an unforgettable moment.
Entry is through a small cafe where you pay an entrance fee (4 euro) and recieve a self guide booklet.
Well worth a visit.
Written 12 August 2019
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NJChisoxFan
Maplewood, NJ199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This church has a great history associated with the pilgrims, and it was fun to look at the lineages on the walls, and see that US President Obama is descended from a pilgrim family! We happened to hit it while an organ concert was in progress, and that made it all the more enjoyable.
Written 7 August 2019
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