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Description - Parish

Grote of St. Johannes de Doperkerk (St. Janskerk) in Gouda, Zuid-Holland, NL

MeMO institution ID and name
MeMO institution ID 216
Name (Dutch) Grote of St. Johannes de Doperkerk (St. Janskerk)
Name (English) St John the Baptist's Church (St. Janskerk)
Patron saint(s)
  • John the Baptist
Additional remarks
Location (according to current geography)
Province Zuid-Holland, NL - Netherlands
Settlement Gouda
Coordinates 109/447AC
Diocese before 1559 Utrecht
Diocese after 1559 Utrecht
Parish Gouda
Date of foundation ca.1275
Founder(s) or main benefactor(s)
Right of collation The counts of Blois, in the fifteenth century the counts of Holland
Phases in the institutional history The church probably originated as the chapel of the castle of the Lords van der Goude. It is debated whether the mention of a parish of Bloemendaal in 1275 refers to Gouda. After a city fire the church was again consecrated in 1366 (city fire of 1361) and 1443 (city fire 1438).
Date of reformation (or dissolution) 1572
Additional remarks
Extant memorial objects and/or texts concerning memoria
Memorial objects
Text carriers
  • Boer, J. de, De architectuur in de gebrandschilderde ramen van de St.-Janskerk te Gouda uit de periode 1555-1571., Bulletin Stichting Oude Hollandse Kerken 17 (1983), 26-32, 26-32
  • Abels (ed.), P.H.A.M., In en om de Sint-Jan ; bijdragen tot de Goudse kerkgeschiedenis ( Delft 1989)
  • Abels, P.H.A.M, Duizend jaar Gouda: een stadsgeschiedenis (Hilversum 2002)
  • Berg, Bianca van den, De Sint-Janskerk in Gouda: een oude stadskerk volgens een nieuw ruimtelijk plan (Hilversum 2008)
  • Berg, Bianca van den, De Sint-Janskerk te Gouda door de eeuwen heen , Bulletin Stichting Oude Hollandse Kerken 39 (1994), 3-15, 3-15
  • Denslagen, Wim, Gouda. De Nederlandse monumenten van geschiedenis en kunst (Zeist; Zwolle 2001), 98-138
  • Dongen, G.A. van , Gouda's hoofdorgel weer in volle glorie, De kerkvoogdij (1981), 5774-5775, 5777, 5774-5775, 5777
  • Goudriaan, K., De gilden in Gouda (Zwolle 1996)
  • Vaandrager, G.J. , Glasraamschenkingen van de satd Gouda aan Hollandse kerken in de eerste eeuw van de Republiek, Bulletin Stichting Oude Hollandse Kerken 64 (2007), 3-26, 3-26

Building history

General date of construction 1400-1600
Church or chapel(s)
Name Gouda, St John the Baptist's Church
Date of foundation ca.1275
Date of consecration 1366
Short history of the building stages 1275: The original church was constructed in the thirteenth century (document 1275). 1349: This church was enlarged in 1349. There are several remnants of this old church, for example the bottom section of the tower. 1404-1413: Replacement of the original church. Construction of a hall church. 1475 -1489: Construction of the transept. 1485-1510: Construction of the choir with choir aisle and side chapels. Enlargement of the tower (three sections). 1552: Severe damage to the tower and the most western bays of the nave by a church fire. The choir stayed mostly unharmed. 1552-1650: Restoration of the church. 1590-1593:After the choir and transept had been enlarged and heightened, the heigtening of the main aisle of the nave followed 1599-1604: Construction of the fourth section of the tower. 1650: Construction of the tower lantarn. 1759-1761: In the whole church new wagon vaults were constructed. 1898-1940, 1956-1980:Restoration Several extensions were made to the church. For example several chapels and the former sacristy and library (sixteenth century).
Additional remarks Parts of the nave are constructed with scrap parts from Mary Magdalene's monastery. The stained windows partly antedate the great church fire of 1552, partly were added after that date.
Burial ground
Location Church and churchyard
Date of consecration
Date of clearance
Extant building remnants
Additional remarks
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