Pieterskerk church

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Pieterskerk church

If you are in Leiden, don’t forget to stroll into the Pieterskerk. It is the oldest city church in Leiden, a beautiful monument with a long history. The church was founded in 1121 as a count’s chapel and evolved into a sizeable church with an impressive interior, stained glass windows and a 16th century organ.

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If you are in Leiden, don’t forget to stroll into the Pieterskerk. It is the oldest city church in Leiden, a beautiful monument with a long history. The church was founded in 1121 as a count’s chapel and evolved into a sizeable church with an impressive interior, stained glass windows and a 16th century organ.

Jan Steen’s grave

The Pieterskerk also suffered from the Beeldenstorm, the iconoclastic movement in 1566. The Catholic church’s interior was destroyed and it was even used as a Protestant church six years later. Today it is filled with special, ancient monuments including a late Gothic pulpit and about 10 memorial stones. This is also where you will find the grave of the old master Jan Steen.

Pieterskerk tour

You can visit the church for free but you should plan a tour if you really want to get to know the church. Tours cost about fifty Euros, the entire amount going towards church maintenance.

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