Stumbling upon this church was one the best things that ever happen during my random walks in Leeuwarden. Even though it was the last 10 minutes before closing time.


So …
The Saint Boniface Church or Sint-Bonifatiuskerk in Dutch (Frisian language: Sint-Bonifatiustsjerke) is a Roman Catholic Church located in the capital city of Friesland province. It is dedicated to Saint Bonifatius (ca. 672-754), an English Benedictine monk known for converting pagan peoples in present-day Germany and the Netherlands.
Built between 1882 and 1884, this Neo-Gothic construction was created by architect P.J.H. Cuypers (1827-1921) who designed the famous Rijksmuseum and the Central Station in Amsterdam. It is the highest church tower of Friesland crowned by a high wooden spire at 85 meters in height.

The interior is majestically stunning! It has five altars, two organs and everything is richly decorated with painted wall panels, beautiful tiled floor, huge stained-glass windows and many religious ornaments. If only I had more time to look around.

The Saint Boniface Church is located on the Bonifacius square or Bonifatiusplein in the city center. It is definitely worth a visit! I found out on the website that it is possible to climb the tower every Wednesday and Saturday starting from 30 June – 15 September 2018. It is a two hour guided tour scheduled at 2pm. The cost is only €1.50 per person. A possible city trip in the summer time.

Website: (in Dutch only)
Address: Bonifatiusplein 20. 8921JT LEEUWARDEN.
Entrance Fees: Free
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 2pm – 4pm. Double check at the doors just in case.
Getting There: Walking distance from Leeuwarden Central Station is about 18 minutes.


  1. Hello, we will be visiting Medemblik on Sunday September 16 of this year. My gr grandfather was born in Medemblik in 1830. Hendrik Haagen Dieperink Langereis. He was also a pastor. I know they attended church there and I would like to visit. Will I not be able to visit inside the church on a Sunday? His siblings were also born in Medemblik and his parents died there. Adriaan Langereis died 1860 and Hester Dieperink Langereis died in 1868. I know they lived on Nieuwestraat in 1860 when his father died. Wijk 3 # 8. Hoping to also find the house they lived in

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  2. @Debbie Howard – first of all, this blog post is about the one in Leeuwarden and not in Medemblik. I have search online about its opening hours and emailed them to double check. Sint Bonifatiuskerk in Medemblik is only open for service every Sunday. They are open daily in Juni, July and August from 1pm – 4pm.
    I am going to try and ask them again for possibility.


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