Selling Gouda Cheese!
A Gouda walk with an art historian
Gouda is it ! Claims to fame: Gouda is a well preserved atmospheric town situated between The Hague and Utrecht. It boasts the best stained glass of the Netherlands in the St Jan Church (closed Sundays and Mondays! Open the other days o the week).
It is also the proud home of Gouda cheese, Gouda slip-covered pottery, Gouda white clay pipes, Gouda flat crunchy cookies with syrup.
Home at Oosthaven 17 of the lawyer Dirck Coornhert (1622-1590) who claimed that criminals ought to be re-educated, not punished.
See this extra page on the Gouda Museum.
Windmill at Vest, Gouda, near Hollandsche IJssel river flowing into the North Sea
Evil/Mean Neighbour alley, Gouda
Cheese weighing hall, detail
Guide Drs Kees Kaldenbach in action
Lock connecting Oude Rijn to Hollandsche IJssel river. Note the narrow width.
Cheese weighing hall, 2021
A peek at the St Jan church
The over-restored City Hall, with some fine period rooms inside.
Windmill at Vest harbour
Civic Guard, group portrait, in Museum
Locally made earthenware, slip-covered, usually in subdued colours.
Gouda, cheese market in action. Note the enormous size and weight of 15 KG.
Fabulous stained glass windows all around. One of the best ensembles in the whole of Europe. Miraculously preserved during the many wars.
Gate to the Gouda Museum, next door to the St Jan church.
Weighing house, mainly for the cheese trade, on market day
The over-restored City Hall.
St Jan church, stained glass heaven
Entrance gate to the museum, next to St Jan church.
Interior, St Jan.
Stained glass, St Jan
Historical sigh, St Jan church