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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...more
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Achter de Kerk 2 | Bezoekersentree Onder De Toren, 2801 JW Gouda, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

The Church is Saint John is by far the biggest church in the Netherlands. It measures 123 meters (404 ft). It is an old Catholic Church which was transferred to the Protestants during the Reformation. For that reason I did not find an awful lot...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2018

I'm not normally a fan of stained glass - I often find it dificult to discern the images and to make sense of them - but the 28-odd windows in this church were simply magnificent. The audio guide was really useful, adding lots to the...More

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Reviewed 12 September 2018

This church (the longest in the Netherlands) still have the original 16th and 17th century stained glass which are stunning. The entrance (7.50 euros) includes an excellent audio guide. The narrative of the different windows is captivating and the layout of the church (with a...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2018

The Church of St. John is the longest church in the Netherlands. Its most stunning part are the approximately 30 large stained glass windows depicting scenes from the bible and of the history of Holland. The audio tour is a must to learn what is...More

Thank JohnvanHoudt
Reviewed 4 August 2018

It is a well-restored church, typical of a large Catholic cathedral, but with a lovely interior. No other church in the world has as much 16th-century stained glass, which is what makes St. John’s in Gouda so special. The "Gouda Windows" are a testament to...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2018

Visited apart of a tour group and breath taking. I enjoyed learning the history and taking in the architecture.

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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

The Audio guide tour really aided my understanding of the stained glass which are amazing. I do not usually like churches . They tend to blur but this church stood out for me.

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Take the history tour ( buy the leaflet) which is very interesting then have coffee/ lunch at the coffee shop inside the church....make sure you see outside too. Then wander the old fashioned lanes near the church...

Thank nicolecherry
Reviewed 26 June 2018

We visited Gouda on a very cold day in April, so we looked up things to do -- our trip was based our the cheese market, but being outdoors, we didn't stay long. St John's was a lovely surprise! The audio tour is free with...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2018

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

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Edcorbin
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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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iahawkfan93
8 January 2015|
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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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