This Gothic St John’s Church has unusual dimensions compared to other churches as it is relatively long. With 123m it is the longest church in The Netherlands.
The origins of the church are in the 13th century when it was part of the court of the Lords van der Goude. As so many churches there was great damage due to fires through the years but the present building is more or less intact since the 17th century.
The church itself is not very special but the stained glass windows, made and installed by the brothers Dirk and Wouter Crabeth, are. The main parts of these windows were made and installed between 1555 and 1571 and are now on the UNESCO heritage list.
A telescope opposite these windows will give you a close up look at the details.
There is a small exhibition inside the church with some information on various details like the organ, the making of stained glass, royal visits, etc. There is also the story on how in 1939 the stained glass was removed in anticipation of war with Germany. The stained glass was put in large crates and safely stored during the war. Unfortunately most of the texts at the displays are in the Dutch.
The small Van der Vorm chapel was added in 1934 and houses an additional seven stained glass windows.
At the entrance is a small souvenir shop. From the church you can cross the street to get to the Gouda Museum.