VIDEO | Touring business district; treated to music from town’s first church
June 28, 2017 – Leiden, Netherlands – Spent some time cycling around Sassenheim. Two videos to share:
Lending a view of the town. Took a spin through the Sassenheim business district:
From Leiden tour guide: Famous for its annual celebration commemorating Leiden’s liberation from the Spanish, the foundations of the Late-Gothic cruciform basilica that is St. Pieterskerk date from 1121 when the town’s first church was built here. The current church was begun in the 13th century, with the choir being completed in 1339, and the nave with its double aisles added in the 14th century. Highlights include the building’s timber barrel-vaulting extending to the west front, and the many monuments of various university professors. Of particular note is the tomb of John Robinson, a distinguished member of the group that was to become the Pilgrim Fathers; the Late-Gothic carved wooden altar dating from the early 16th century; and the organ built around 1640. For a truly unique experience, book a night in the adjoining Villa Rameau, a former 16th-century almshouse.
The video below is me standing outside the church as the church chimes play (above).