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Location type: Church
Location address: Nederland, Zuid-Holland, Leiden
Number of texts: 2
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Made by | Reference A.L. Boon | © CC 3.0
Made by | Reference | © CC 3.0

The Pieterskerk is a late-Gothic church in Leiden dedicated to Saint Peter. It is best known today as the church of the Pilgrim Fathers where John Robinson was buried.

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The Pieterskerk as it is today got it shape inthe 15th century, build in a late gothic style. However, around 1100 there was already a chapel at this location, build by the dukes of Holland who had a residence in Leiden. In 1121 the chapel was renovated. In 1268 it was named a church. Because of the growing population of Leiden, the church was enlarged around 1300. 50 years later a large tower was added which, including it’s wooden peak of 35 m height, reached 110 m in the air. This tower was named “Coningh der Zee” (King of the Sea) as it was used by ships at sea as a orientation point. In 1390 another enlargement started, taking 180 years building time. In 1512 the tower collapsed and was not rebuild.

The church looks impressively large inside. It’s sometimes open for visitors.

The church is a monument.

More info: (Dutch)

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