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Church of St. John

Achter de Kerk 16, 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, 2801 JX Gouda, The Netherlands
+31 182 512 684
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank Seabird21
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Tanja S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Gene15217
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Natasha_Alx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning windows and a must see on a visit to Gouda Amazing chapel at the back with a fascinating history

Thank Janette B
Reviewed 14 August 2017

I walked in the door and found that it costs 6 Euros to go into the church. I walked out again. You can see some of the stained glass windows from the gift shop. In principle, I do not pay to go into churches.

Thank kacytjobb
Reviewed 27 July 2017

A great church in the middle of Gouda! Very nice coloured windows. It's nice for tourists to take a look inside this church!

Thank Wijnie V
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

This is the longest church in the Netherlands = 123 meters or over 403 feet! Was onThey had to build long because the sandy soil so close to the water wouldn't support a tall vertical edifice. The church was started in 1280 but the present...More

Thank Constant_Discovery
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

It's hard to fully appreciate the size of the church with so many buildings close by but it is large for a small town.

Thank Les L
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17 April 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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7 January 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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