Just 40 minutes away from Amsterdam is the pretty little city of Leiden. Armed with my “Pilgrim Tour” pamphlet I had acquired on a previous visit, I set out to see some of the sites associated with this period of history.
The day was gorgeous, if very cold, as I crossed the canals….
This is St Louis Church which, before the Reformation, was a stop for pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela. It then became one of the town’s textile hall. Many Pilgrims found work in the production of serge.
The trail led me to this pretty little shopping street….….at the end of which was a hill, yes, a hill, not a usual site here in Holland. The hill, a motte, was constructed around 1000AD and the castle on top built around the middle of the 12th century.
Back outside, down a little street, are almshouses where the Pilgrims lived. (They are just behind the green door in the arch.) Apparently they could hear the organ music of the Sunday services. According to John Robinson, the Pilgrim’s preacher, it was “the devil’s bagpipes.” He, and some other 30 Pilgrims, are interred in St Peter’s. Who says the Dutch don’t have a sense of humour.
Please join us for Jo’s Monday Walk !