Marekerk, Leiden

The Marekerk is a 17th-century Protestant church in the city of Leiden.


History of Marekerk

Designed in 1639 by Arent van Gravesande, who also designed the De Lakenhal and the Bibliotheca Thysiana, the Marekerk was the first church to be built in Leiden after the Reformation. It was completed in 1650 and is still active today.

What to See at Marekerk

The Marekerk is built in the Dutch Classical style. The exterior features an interesting octagonal-shaped dome that is 55 meters high and a beautiful stone gate.

Inside, true to Protestant values, the pulpit is the centerpiece of the church. It is modeled after the one in the Nieuwe Kerk at Haarlem. The pulpit and other wooden furnishings all date from 1650 and are made of solid oak.

The organ was built by Pieter de Swart around 1560 for the Pieterskerk and moved to the Mareker in 1733. It has been renovated and enlarged several times, most recently in 1965.

Quick Facts on Marekerk

Site Information
Status: active
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:52.162056° N, 4.490796° E
Address:Lange Mare 48
Leiden, Netherlands
Phone:071 5121208
Email:[email protected]
Lodging:View hotels near Marekerk
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.


  1. Personal visit (November 2006; exterior only).
  2. Historical plaque at the church.

More Information

The Marekerk in Leiden, built in 1639. © Holly Hayes
Closer look at the facade. © Holly Hayes

Map of Marekerk, Leiden

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