Protestant Kirche am Markt in Goch
|• Mayor||Karl-Heinz Otto (CDU)|
|• Total||115.38 km2 (44.55 sq mi)|
|• Density||290/km2 (750/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
02827 (Kessel, Hassum, Hommersum)
Goch (archaic spelling: Gog, Dutch: Gogh) is a town in the district of Kleve, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated close to the border with the Netherlands, approx. 12 km (7 mi) south of Kleve, and 27 km (17 mi) southeast of Nijmegen. Other places in Goch are Asperden and Kessel.
Goch is at least 750 years old: the earliest mention of Goch is in a document dated 1259. It was a part of the Duchy of Cleves. During World War II, the city was completely destroyed by Allied bombers.
Goch during Operation Veritable, February 21, 1945
Notable natives and residents
The city is the birthplace of:
- Josefa Idem, Italian sprint canoer turned politician.
- Arnold Janssen, founder of the Society of the Divine Word, a Roman Catholic missionary congregation
- Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor
- Johannes von Goch, Medieval theologian
The city is the deathplace of:
- Francisco de Moncada, the Spanish author, military leader, and governor of the Spanish Netherlands
Twin towns - sister cities
Goch is twinned with:
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