Gouda (population 70,828 in 2009) is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. Gouda, which was granted city rights in 1272, is famous for its Gouda cheese, smoking pipes, and its 15th century city hall.
This year I went there twice to visit the Saint John's Church. In May my daughter and her family and I went to see Gouda. The first thing my daughter's Australian partner wanted to do is buy heaps of cheese in the first cheese shop we saw. I don't know how many variaties of cheese there were, but we could taste them, if we wanted. So we did!
The church is worth an other ABC post. It was also admired by my Danish visitors of last week.
In the Middle Ages, a settlement was founded at the location of the current city by the Van der Goude family, who built a fortified castle alongside the banks of the Gouwe River, from which the family and the city took its name. The area, originally marshland, developed over the course of two centuries. By 1225, a canal was linked to the Gouwe and its estuary was transformed into a harbour. Gouda's array of historic churches and other buildings makes it a very popular day trip destination
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