A late-Gothic church that is dedicated to Saint Peter and is a place of pilgrimage.

An exterior view of Pieterskerk in Leiden

The oldest church in town is the Pieterskerk, which was erected in 1121, then rebuilt in 1390 and expanded over the ages. On one of its walls is a memorial plaque for pastor John Robinson. He encouraged the Pilgrim Fathers to board the Mayflower in 1620 to found New England; he died five years later.

The Pilgrims lived in Leiden for 12 years before sailing the Atlantic Ocean. Their story is traced in a 14th-century mansion that houses the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum.

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Kloksteeg 16 2311 SL Leiden Netherlands


+31 (0) 71 512 43 19 Attraction’s Website

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