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“Amazing, Stained glass windows from around 1560 are still the most beautiful I have ever seen”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Church of St. John

Church of St. John
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Private Guided Tour of Gouda
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Gouda
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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“Amazing, Stained glass windows from around 1560 are still the most beautiful I have ever seen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

It is disappointing that not more people visit this incredible church.
The week before we were in Paris looking at the famous stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle.
Yes they were beautiful too and even older, but the crowds were huge and the line-up long.

One can argue which are the most beaufiful, but I liked the fact that the images in Gouda were much bigger with incredible detail and in Chapelle we were happy to have binoculars to see the details.

Did I mention the fabulous organ?

Visited May 2012
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“Church of St. John”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012

Beautiful church -- easy to find. It is huge and the stained glass windows are quite famous.

Visited May 2012
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“The most beautiful church in the Netherlands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2012

The stained glass windows of this church are really a wonder of the world. Beautiful, moving, and we were lucky to hear the organ playing while we were there. Amazing to see how the people of this community worked together to remove and preserve these windows during WW2. The commemoration window marking the end of the war is very special. Take a break from the cheese and spend some time contemplating the love of these people for their history and their God.

Visited May 2012
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Gouda, The Netherlands
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“must see church with stained glass windows”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012

on a sunny day the sunlight spilling through the stained glass windows is spectacular. Tip ; visit between 11 and 14 for best light.

Visited May 2012
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“Lovely old church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012

As we were in Gouda anyway we went to the church. It is nice to see such an old building and the most impressive part for us was the glass it looked very nice, very colorful, beautiful!. When we were there they were practising for the choir.

Visited May 2012
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