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Church of St. John

Achter de Kerk 16 | Bezoekersentree Onder De Toren, 2801 JX Gouda, The Netherlands
+31 182 512 684
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THE LONGEST CHURCH OF THE NETHERLANDS The great fire of 1552 destroyed much of the medieval church of Saint John. Shortly after the disaster, the council commissioned the reconstruction of the most startling church of Holland. With 123 meters it is also the longest church in The Netherlands THE 72 STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS ARE WORLD-FAMOUS Entering the Church of St. John, one falls silent at the sight of the majestic space with the 72 world-famous stained-glass windows. That first experience will only get stronger when you see the marvellous light by the 'Dutch Masters' invading the Church. The rich history of Holland can be read in the large windows. It is a beginning of an impressive discovery along biblical and historical scenes of human emotions. Then you understand that the Gouda St. John is one of the highest rated attractions in the Netherlands!
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Achter de Kerk 16 | Bezoekersentree Onder De Toren, 2801 JX Gouda, The Netherlands
+31 182 512 684
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful church, a must see. The organ is something, very large. Wish I could have heard it play.

Thank Termite42
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I took the train from Rotterdam to check out Gouda for a couple of hours and found this church. The windows are beautiful and it is worth the small entrance fee. I really enjoyed stopping here.

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The town centre is compact and so easy to stroll around in a morning or afternnoon. Don't forget Achter de Kerk and the back entrance to the museum... you can sit and relax in the garden.

Thank rrosser383
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful outside. To visit the church you have to pay. If you don't want to pay (against the feelings of many people, God's home?) you don't get far. Only the door. Pitty

Thank Montse A
Reviewed October 1, 2017

Worth a visit to see the stained glass windows which are amazing. Good visitor audio system in different languages.

Thank Brian65
Reviewed September 25, 2017

The cathedrals in Europe are truly amazing and even 'small towns' have massive cathedrals that have taken centuries to build and modify. The windows in this church are truly impressive. I always end up taking lots of photos that I never develop as they don't...More

1  Thank Seabird21
Reviewed September 15, 2017

The windows of the church are rightly famous. Two windows are more than 20 meters tall! Great craftsmanship! The organ is beautiful as well. Take your time and savour the beauty and the peace and quite. The audio tour helps understanding the stories told in...More

1  Thank Tanja S
Reviewed September 6, 2017

After spending quite a bit of time walking around the church trying to find the entrance on Sunday afternoon we left, frustrated. The church was closed. However two of the people in our small group happened into it later in the afternoon during a service....More

Thank Judy C
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

We visited Gouda for the day. It's a nice little city with a beautiful central plaza in front of a very historic and beautiful city hall. There is a substantial commercial area. Yes, there is plenty of the cheese named for the town. We toured...More

1  Thank Gene15217
Reviewed September 4, 2017

Being one of the longest church in the Netherlands, this one definitely has to be visited! Located a bit tricky, you can't take a picture of it from outside in full sizes. Getting into it will take you centuries back, telling you stories of the...More

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April 17, 2015|
Response from Jaap_van_Rijn | Property representative |
Dear Edcorbin, The church of Sint Jan with its worldfamous stained glass windows, is open to visitors Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00. On Sunday, the church is accessible only to attend a church service (10.00 and... More
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January 7, 2015|
Response from Jaap_van_Rijn |
Dear iahawkfan93, The church of Sint Jan is located in the historical centre of Gouda. Most buildings date back from the Late Middle Ages till the 17th century, as do the 72 stained glass windows of the Sint Jan. Well worth... More
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