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St. John's Church (Sint Janskerk)
St. John's Church (Sint Janskerk)

St. John's Church (Sint Janskerk) Tours and Tickets

John the Baptist, patron saint of the town of Gouda, looks out from the Sint Janskerk (St. John's Church) and welcomes visitors that come from all over the world to see the church’s famous stained-glass windows. The large brick church, built in the Gothic style during the 15th and 16th centuries, is notable not only for its beautiful windows but also because it is the longest church in the Netherlands. The church has been placed on the UNESCO list of Dutch monuments specifically for its stunning stained-glass windows. The ‘Gouda Windows’ (Goudse Glazen) were made and installed between 1555-1571 by the brothers Dirk and Wouter Crabeth, and were spared during the Reformation and several following wars. The main theme depicted in the windows is the life of St John, although there are many biblical scenes pictured, as well as important events in Dutch history.

Another highlight of the church is a narrow passage leading from the back of the choir to a small chapel. The chapel’s stained-glass windows depicting the Passion of Christ (also from the workshop of Dirck Crabeth), were moved to St John Church in the 1930s from the Monastery of the Regulars.

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Achter de Kerk 16, 2801 JX, Gouda, The Netherlands
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Private Guided Tour of Gouda

Private Guided Tour of Gouda

Visit the historic town of Gouda on a walking tour with a private guide that can be customized to your interests. Explore city landmarks such as the Church of Saint John and City Hall, learn about the origins of Gouda’s famous namesake cheese, and stop by a local café for a very Dutch snack of coffee and stroopwafel. This walking tour includes entrance fees and pickup at centrally-located hotels, and both morning and afternoon departures are available.
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size


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St. John's Church (Sint Janskerk) hours of operation: Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (10 a.m.–4 p.m from November–March); closed to tourists on Sundays and public holidays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.