The organ was commissioned in 1732 by the mayor of Gouda to Jacob Francois Moreau, from Rotterdam. It cost € 5210 at the time and took 2 and a half years to build.
The organ front was designed by Hendrik Carré and the total cost of the organ was € 21623,54 which was a huge amount in those days.
Photo of the organ front can be found at
Although a small town, Gouda is also a perfect town for shopping.
Small elegant shops can be found both in Markt or on the adjacent streets.
We’ve found very good prices especially on clothes and other small souvenirs.
Found this little piece of art behind some cars in an area where officially i wasn't supposed to be. But then one shouldn't put up works of art at a place where you can glimps it but not see it properly when it gets a bit crowded with cars... So i just walked up to it and had a good look...
Turfsingel is an open air museum of historical ships. Along the river you'll see many old ship. As there are still people living in these ships, you cannot isit them. But it is still nice to have a look at them.
The route from the center to the harbour is well sign posted.
The Dark Lock gate in Gouda is one of the first lock gates in The Netherlands. The gate gave ships passage from thr river to the Ijssel lake. It was the best way of getting from Rotterdam to Amsterdam. The gate is the only one in The Netherlands with crossing doors, which were installed in 1778.
The Lock Gate is situated just a few meters away from St Johns Church.
This orphange was built in 1599 as part of the St Margaret Monestary. It was used as an orphange until 1941. Nowadays it is the home of the library in Gouda. It also houses the city archives and the information center.
You'll find the building on the backside of St Johns Church.
The hospital dates from 1609, or so the gate says. At first I thought the mural sculpture depicts the Last Supper but there are not enough figures in it. Si I reckon it is a guild meeting or something.
Discover the past of a Dutch city. Guilds and guild chambers, archery and their bows and a apothecary or an old kitchen.
There is a torture chaber and an old classroom and old toys.
You can also find a lunatic cell here and it is the only one of its kind in The Netherlands that has been preserved. There are also paintings by Jan Steen Willem Tholen and Dirk Barendsz.
Address: Achter de Kerk 14, 2801 PB Gouda.
Opened Mon-Sat from 10-17 hrs and on Sundays from 12-17 hrs.
Call the telephone number if you are with a group of 15 or more and want a guided tour.
The other way (south) the old harbour (Oosthaven) of Gouda.
There are plans to make it accessible for boats again.
There used to be a fortress on this sight but only a few foundations are left of it.
Fancy the cameraman taking up a large camera, the tripod and a heavy rucksack.
He rather than me!
He got stuck halfway and had to leave the rucksack sitting in a corner of the tower until we went down again.
Climbing the tower is an adventure in itself. Stone stairs make way for wooden ladders. Climbing is really climbing so it's a no go for small children.
There are two ways to get into the tower. From the outside (for most tourists) and from the inside of the church (as the TV crew and I did). Then you go up past the organ and its bellows installation.
Then the wooden stairs which change to wooden ladders.
It seems that in the garden, belonging to this house, are part of the foundations of an old castle that used to stand here between the rivers Gouwe and IJssel (after which the town Gouda is named).
The water that you see flowing here is possibly not a river or canal but part of the old open sewage system.
The Barbara Tower is the only part of the Barbara Chapel that still exists. It was built in the early 15th century. The chapel was torn down in 1581.
You can find remains of the Jewish Cemetary on the backside of St Johns CHurch. There isn't much still standing, but the gate with Hebrew inscription is still upright.
The St. Catharina Gasthuis is a former hospital so even as a building it is worth a visit.
For contact details see previous tip.