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Address: Achter de Kerk 16, 2801 JX Gouda, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 182 512 684
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

THE LONGEST CHURCH OF THE NETHERLANDS The great fire of 1552 destroyed much...

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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The church is just huge! It really looks great, even though a bit hard to spot when in front of it. As usual in the Netherlands, you have to pay to enter the church...I hate... read more

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Munich, Germany
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The church is just huge! It really looks great, even though a bit hard to spot when in front of it. As usual in the Netherlands, you have to pay to enter the church...I hate this, so I didn't pay, that's why I can't say for the inside!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

For 6€ entrance you get a great opportunity to enjoy wonderful glass windows as 8 meter high. You receive also a small leaflet with some notes about the windows. The church itself is well repaired, floor is original with carvings of rich men buried underneath.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

About 50 amazing stained glass windows including 50% of all 16c stained glass currently in the Netherlands. Each tells a story and the pamphlet received on paying for entry gives a title to each. Nothing much else here so only go if you want to see the glass.

Thank E8887TZmartinp
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is a booklet in English explaining all about the wonderful stained glass windows and the construction of the church, the windows are on the UNESCO list, and they were removed during WWII.

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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This ex-cathedral has been stripped of all Catholic icons; the only area of interest are the very large stained/painted windows. Binoculars would be helpful.

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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As part of a group, we visited this church (which is not my thing), but still, the stained glass windows were great. This is the longest church in Netherlands. Since it is surrounded by other buildings, one cannot take a picture of the outside and get the entire building.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

With a typical two-weeks touring Europe, the churches sometimes blend together. Not this one! The stained glass windows are incredible. The audio guide excellently led us through the church. The windows are massive and let in good light for our viewing pleasure. Time well spent.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

The Church Sint Jan has remarkable windows.The painting itself are already special but with the sunlight through it is just spectular. A nice detail was to see how other cities promoted themselves by putting their weaponry up.

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

If in Gouda you must go inside Sint-Janskerk just to see the fabulous stained glass windows dating from the 1550s. They are wonderfully detailed and a tribute to the skill and artistry of the craftsmen who made them. It is incredible to think that they still have the original drawings from which they were produced.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

The central square is great, the day I visit a couple was married but I was a small wedding :) the architecture is great... visit and eat some cheese ;)

Thank CatiaParedesCarvalho

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