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This city was once the home of a group of Pilgrim Fathers.

The photo (made by H. Jonker on July 24th 1891) shows the unveiling of a remembrance plaque on the Pieterskerk in Leiden.
Between 1609-1620 a group of English, who had fled their country because of their religion, lived in Leiden.
In the American history they are known as the Pilgrim Fathers.
The plaque commemorates John Robinson who lived on the site of the later built Jean Pesijnshof until his death in 1625.
The English church lived in quiet existance in Leiden until it was dissolved in 1807.
Also German and Scandinavian students ended up in Leiden, drawn by the first "free university".
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Twice a local, now a visitor

I lived in Leiden from 1970-1972 and in 1982-1983. My daughter was born there. All these things make Leiden a special place for me. There are loads of memories from when I was a child and young adult. So a visit to Leiden is for me always a feast of recognition.

There is still some info here that belongs to my hometown page Brielle
It will be moved soon and replaced with Leiden info.

  • Last visit to Leiden: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Morsstraat looks very appealing to stroll down and enjoy the culture and beauty of this city. You did a wonderful job of describing the sites and pictures are wonderful.

  • Apr 15, 2008 at 7:06 AM

    Excellent tips and pictures

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2007 at 8:05 AM

    I mustve been here the same year or the year before your tips visit - came for the beautiful Keukenhof gardens but i took the opp to see the town and remember seeing the Australian!

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2007 at 8:49 AM

    So many of your photos are taken right by where my friends live!

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2007 at 11:56 PM

    Hello Anke-Thea. I recently saw something on Leiden on TV, so I thought I'd let VT educate me further :-) Very nice info & stories, a great page. But do you know why it is called "Leiden"? It interests me because it means "suffering" in German / Jess

  • Apr 22, 2006 at 3:22 PM

    Meer informatie over de Leidse muurgedichten vind je op: http://www.muurgedichten.nl Vaak ook met vertalingen.

  • Apr 20, 2006 at 3:43 AM

    Dear Anke-Thea, I was fascinated to see that there are so many more poems on the Leiden walls. Thank you. I am trying to translate the Christophe Plantin, having found out a little of his history. We loved this town, especially the Botanic gardens

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  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2005 at 2:19 PM

    Hi Anke Thea ,Leiden is nice ,it was good to see your page and get refreshed on what Leiden is all about ,een mooie stad hoor Groetjes van Canada A T

  • Mar 28, 2005 at 5:41 PM

    My folks lived in a little place near Leiden: Voorschoten from 2000-2004. It is such a beautiful place, and so pedestrian and (of course) bicycle friendly. Thanks for sparking the memories :) -S&I

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