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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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 July 2017

We stopped into the church during our day trip to Gouda and was surprised by the size and beauty of this church. It is well worth looking through if you visit Gouda.

Thank Warrick P
Reviewed 30 June 2017

St. Jan is a Dutch Hervormd Protestant church next to the Gouda Markt which is the heart of the town. It is the longest Dutch church with a length of 123 meters. In addition it boasts the most beautiful stained glass windows; 50% of a...More

Thank sjman41
Reviewed 25 June 2017

My maternal uncle loved!!! playing the St John's Church organ. The church is located just 'round the corner, from where my paternal grandparents ran their 'local' "pub". My cousins and I played in the narrow 'street' beside the church. My maternal uncle was in his...More

Thank joopmul
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

One of the oldest in the world! It's spectacular! Huge and mesmerising!never seen such beautiful stained glass work in windows as high as 7 stories!! A must Visit!

Thank atul g
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We have visited many churches and cathedrals in numerous countries but have never seen one where all the stained glass windows are illuminated at the same time! A fabulous site. This church has about 50% of the 16th century stained glass found in the Netherlands...More

1  Thank loubelle64
Reviewed 18 May 2017

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...More

Thank Guilljea
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18 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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8 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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