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Description - Parish

St. Pieterskerk (Pieterskerk) in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, NL

MeMO institution ID and name
MeMO institution ID 18
Name (Dutch) St. Pieterskerk (Pieterskerk)
Name (English) St Peter's Church (Pieterskerk)
Patron saint(s)
  • Peter
Additional remarks Also St Paul is mentioned as patron saint.
Location (according to current geography)
Province Zuid-Holland, NL - Netherlands
Settlement Leiden
Coordinates 94/464C
Diocese before 1559 Utrecht
Diocese after 1559 Utrecht
Parish Leiden - Sint Pieter
Date of foundation 1121
Founder(s) or main benefactor(s) It is mentioned that the St Peter's Church was originally a chapel owned by the counts of Holland and later consecrated to St Peter and St Paul by bishop Godebald.
Right of collation 1268: Teutonic Knights.
Phases in the institutional history 1121: Foundation of an independent chapel. 1268: It is likely that around this date the chapel became a parish church.
Date of reformation (or dissolution) 1572
Additional remarks Nowadays the church is also in use as a multifunctional community centre.
Extant memorial objects and/or texts concerning memoria
Memorial objects
Text carriers
Type of extant material institution archive/archival material
Storage in one place
Short description of the material Regionaal Archief Leiden, Kerken, 502; Archieven van de Sint Pieterskerk
Holding institution(s)
Name Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken (formerly known as: Regionaal Archief Leiden)
Settlement Leiden, Zuid-Holland, NL
Additional remarks
  • Berg, Bianca van den, De Pieterskerk in Leiden (Utrecht 1992)
  • Hartog, Elizabeth den, De Oudste Kerken van Holland. Van kerstening tot 1300 (Utrecht 2002), 136-140
  • Hartog, Elizabeth den, en John Veerman (red.), De Pieterskerk in Leiden. Bouwgeschiedenis, inrichting en gedenktekens (Zwolle 2011)
  • Joosting & Muller Hzn., J.G.C.& S., Bronnen voor de geschiedenis der kerkelijke rechtspraak in het bisdom Utrecht in de Middeleeuwen. I: S. Muller Hzn, De indeeling van het bisdom (The Hague 1915), 287

Building history

General date of construction 1375-1400
Church or chapel(s)
Name St Peter's Church, Leiden
Date of foundation
Date of consecration 1412
Short history of the building stages 1391: The oldest part of the current church is the choir. 1399: Construction of the sacristy and the choir. <1400: The tower was constructed in the fourteenth century. 1412: Consecration of the choir. 1428: Construction of the nave. 1453-1473: Addition of (side) aisles to the nave. 1500: Construction of the transept. 1512: Collapse of the tower. Afterwards, the nave was extended and the western facade was added. 1565: Enlargement of the transept to current height. 1977-1982: Restauration.
Additional remarks
Burial ground
Date of consecration
Date of clearance
Extant building remnants
Additional remarks
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