Gouda | Historical City
Candles, sirop waffles, and of course Gouda Cheese is well known all over the world. Gouda is a atmospheric 1000 years old town with history and culture with 70.000 inhabitants. Famous monuments are the gothic Town Hall, The Sint-Janskerk with its 123 meters the longest church in The Netherlands. The church is famous for its stained glasses, some date back tot the 16th century. The centre of Gouda knows many other monuments, intimate canals and streets, good restaurants, terraces and a lot of shops. In short: come and explore Gouda !
The city hall (Stadhuis) in Gouda is one of the oldest gothic City Hall in the Netherlands and was built in 1450. It is located at the main square of the city, the Markt, and is one of the best known monuments of Gouda. The interior dates from the 17th and 18th century. On one side of the Stadhuis, there is a carillon which chimes every half hour and at the same time, mechanical puppets depict the ceremony in which Gouda was granted city rights in 1278.