Sint Janskerk in Gouda – longest church in the Netherlands with a length of 123 meters.
The oldest part of the church building dates back around 1280. Sint Janskerk was built dedicated to John the Baptist, Gouda’s patron saint. Originally a Catholic church, Sint Janskerk became a Protestant place of worship in 1573 as a result of the Dutch Revolt.
Sint Janskerk is world famous for its 72 Goudse Glazen stained-glass windows, also widely known as the Gouda Windows. Each of these original windows tell remarkable biblical and historical stories on its own and about 60 of them were created from the years 1530 to 1603. Some of the windows are as tall as 20 meters high. They are beautifully preserved and the glass panes depict stories like comic books. The kids can surely appreciate that!
If you are ever in Gouda, a visit to this iconic Sint Janskerk church is a must! Your entrance ticket includes an audio tour. The audio tour is available in Dutch, English, German and French. You would be guided to walk around the church, learning about the church’s anecdote, events during the war period, details on the many stained glass windows and fine points on several chapels. The audio tour is very informative and lasts about 30-45 minutes at your own pace. Even the kids were engaged!
Sint Janskerk is definitely worth your while.
Address: Achter de Kerk 2. 2801 JW GOUDA.
From March to November – Monday – Saturday from 0900hrs – 1700hrs
From November to March – Monday – Saturday from 1000hrs – 1600hrs
Entrance Fees: €7.00 for adults, €3.50 for kids age 13-18 years old and free entry for children under 13 years old. Purchase family ticket at €15.00 only. Free entry for Museumkaart holders. Free audio guide included with admission. Audio guide is available in Dutch, English, German and French.
Getting There: About 10-minute walk from Gouda Station.