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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Achter de Kerk 16 | Bezoekersentree Onder De Toren, 2801 JX Gouda, The Netherlands
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+31 182 512 684
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After eating lunch at Delize, a small Italian restaurant just on the edge of Plaza Markt and around the corner from Church of St. John, we began exploring and came upon the Church of St. John. It is a well-restored church, typical of a large...More

Thank Amy A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW! What a beautiful and interesting Church. The glass stained windows and the stories the tell is facinating. it well wort the 5Euro for the audio tour as it is full of interesting facts and stories.. Visit again- Absolutely

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This church was an absolute treat as I am very fond of stained glass windows. It offers so many of them with immaculate detail and colour. It's a large church so you don't feel rushed at all and can enjoy the audio tour at leisure...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting church which still has it's original Catholic leaded glass windows, something most Dutch churches removed after the Reformation, made the visit all the more interesting. Good audio guide available and to enhance our visit an organist was having a practising Bach on the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if you will be in Gouda, it will be a real sin not to come here. you should take audioguide, because it is for free and also because the story which will be told is really interesting. It is a working cathedral and sometimes you...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

All the windows are numbered so do get a guide or an audioguide The present church dates from mid 16th century; some of the windows were made when Holland was still Catholic with fantastic clarity of detail and richness of colour. Others are post Reformation...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Monumental; also longest church in the Netherlands. Gouda museum nearby. Parking at 10'. Grave of liberal protestant Coornhert

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

Since moving to Europe, I find I like exploring different cities and visiting the Kerk's/Churches to learn more about the history of each town. St. John's church is a must see when visiting Gouda. There is so much history and the audio tour is well...More

1  Thank SweetCLV
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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

I am not a great fan of churches but this one is worth a visit. The beautiful painted windows are a must see when visiting Gouda!

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

On Sundays Saint John Church still is used as a place where the Dutch reformed community has its services. During the weekdays you can visit this huge building which has the longest ship in the Netherlands. Your attention will definitely been attached by the more...More

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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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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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