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Leiden, Netherlands, celebrates connection to Pilgrims of Plymouth with virtual tour

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By David Kindy, Wicked Local Plymouth

The place where the Pilgrims lived for 12 years before journeying to Plymouth was on display Saturday during a special online tour. The city of Leiden commemorated Plymouth’s anniversary by giving viewers a chance to see how that epic journey began four centuries ago in The Netherlands.

The four-hour program in English featured a walking tour of the Dutch community, featuring visits to museums and other scenic spots, as well as a stop at the courtyard where many of the Pilgrims lived more than 400 years ago. It was viewed by 50,000 unique visitors on Facebook and the Leiden 400 website, organizers said.

The online opening ceremony in Europe is part of a four-country effort to promote the anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in New England in 1620. The Netherlands, England, United States and Wampanoag Nation are joining together to commemorate the event and highlight the historical and cultural impact of that momentous landing.

The online opening ceremonies were hosted on Facebook in America by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. It included discussion and a walking tour of Leiden by Michaël Roumen and Marlijn Kok of Leiden 400, along with professional guide Marike Hoogduin.

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