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Address: Pieterskerkhof 1a, 2311 SP Leiden, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31(0)715124319
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Ranked #12 of 21 Attractions in Leiden
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Chicago Suburbs
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

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... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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185 reviews 185 reviews
117 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

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... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We did not visit while they were open, but the signs explaining the history of this church (and the keys you see everywhere) were so interesting. Be sure to visit the small area north (east?) of the church. You can see the different bricks of the former jail and public execution area, plus the Latin school Rembrandt attended. We just... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Great stop on a rainy day - surprised by the Pilgrim connection. Atmosphere, although not a functioning church, was very reverent and still felt like a church, not a museum.

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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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121 reviews 121 reviews
42 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The little restaurant that has recently opened at the Pieterskerk is a great addition to the place. Enjoyed an excellent light meal.

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Meridian, Idaho
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

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... More 

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San Francisco, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Some beautiful touches in this church, well worth a look. It's a bit on the empty side, however. Still, the glass and the monuments are worth a look.

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Cologne, Germany
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

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... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This church is impressive as its gothic architecture is different from the surrounding buildings. Not much decoration inside, but still look beautiful. On the day I came, they prepared for the marathon on next day and people sold sporting goods inside the church. Regretfully, no more worship and the church seems not to be a church any more.

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107 reviews 107 reviews
52 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This church is very beautiful from the outside and also from the inside even when it is almost empty, you can observe its architecture. While you visit it you can also walk around it and enjoy its amazing surroundings, and if you visit it on wednesday or saturday you can also enjoy the open market by the canal, which is... More 

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