Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Where?Wednesday: Gouda

Gouda is home to one of the most magnificent town halls in The Netherlands. Finished in 1450, it stands proud in it's gothic glory in the middle of the town square. Photographed on a recent Saturday, when a general market fills the marktplatz.

Outside of Holland, Gouda is probably most associated with cheese. We've never seen the summer cheese market, but we've definitely consumed our fair share of the stuff.

The town is also home to the Grote St. Janskerk, which has some of the best stained glass windows in the country. We'll save that for another post.

One final note. The town residents are all aware that most english speakers pronounce the name "goo-da." It must sound like nails on a chalkboard to natives. We learned quickly that the dutch pronounciation is like "how-da" except it sounds like you are clearing your throat when you say the "h." And that's your language lesson for the day. Graag gedaan (and don't even ask how to pronounce that).

8 comments:

Deslilas said...

Thanks for the pronunciation lesson and the history.

Lezard said...

I'm ashamed.....I have not been there yet though I've been living here for some years.....Really need to catch up with some Dutch landmarks!!!

Dusty Lens said...

Magnificent cathedral and marketplace. Good to know the correct pronunciation of Gouda.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

I must get to Gouda next time I visit Holland. The guy in the red jacket bears such close resemblance to a dear (Dutch) friend, I thought it was him!

ro_pumpkin said...

wow , amazing . architecture in holland is great . and very interesting post . tks

Jim said...

Magnificent building and great picture.

b.c. said...

I find it so amazing to read details like, "finsihed in 1450..." it just brings home how "recent" other places and buildings are in comparison...

Kate said...

If I went to the market and pronounced the cheese correctly, I wonder what kind of cheese I would get?! It's a great lesson--thank you. And the building is remarkable!!