List of stained glass windows in the Janskerk, Gouda

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Map of the stained glass windows by number in the Janskerk in Gouda

The Stained glass windows in the Sint Janskerk can be viewed by visitors after paying a modest entrance fee. The earliest windows date from 1555, three years after a destructive fire laid waste to the earlier church built in the same place. The creation of stained glass windows was temporarily halted in 1572 following Gouda's decision to side with the Protestant faction in the Eighty Years' War, but the process was resumed a few years later with windows of a different and more worldly character. As a result, the church features stained glass windows from both Roman Catholic and Protestant donors - a highly unusual combination. The most treasured is the series of windows around the Choir that portray the life of John the Baptist, the city's patron saint, in parallel with that of Jesus Christ.

North Transept[edit]

Number Date Title Donor Designer Glazier Image
1 1596 Freedom of conscience Staten van Holland Joachim Wtewael Adriaan Gerritsz de Vrije
1a 1933 Mosaic glass        
1b 1933 Mosaic glass        
1c 2016 Erasmus and the Freedom of Conscience in 2016 Museum Gouda Marc Mulders Marc Mulders
2 1597 Capture of Damietta Haarlem Willem Thibaut  
3 1597 The maid of Dordrecht Dordrecht Gerrit Gerritsz Cuyp  
4 1594 The heraldic shields of the Dijkreeves under two female representations of Justice and Courage Hoogheemraadschap van Rijnland   Adriaen Gerritsz de Vrije
Glass 4 - Hoogheemraadschap Rynland.jpg
5 1561 The Queen of Sheba visits Solomon Elburg van den Boetzelaer Wouter Crabeth I  
Glass 5 - Queen of Sheba visits Solomon.jpg
6 1571 Judith and Holofernes Jan van Ligne Dirk Crabeth  
Glass 6 - Judith en Holofernes.jpg
7 1557 The King's window with Solomon in the Tempel and the Last Supper Phillip II of Spain Dirk Crabeth  
Glass 7 - Phillips II - Mary Tudor.jpg
8 1566 The punishment of Heliodorus Eric II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg Wouter Crabeth I  


id date title donor designer glazier image
9 1561 Announcing the birth of John the Baptist Dirck van Hensbeeck Lambert van Noort Digman Meynaert
Janskerk Gouda - Glass 9.jpg
10 1655 Annunciation Theodorus Spiering van Wen Daniël Tomberg Albert Merinck
Janskerk Gouda - Glass 10.jpg
11 1562 Birth of John the Baptist Herman Lethmaet Lambert van Noort Digman Meynaert & Hans Scrivers
Janskerk Gouda - Glass 11.jpg
12 1564 Birth of Jesus Canon priests of Oude Munster   Wouter Crabeth I
13 1560 Jesus in the Temple Petrus van Suyren Lambert van Noort Digman Meynaert & Hans Scrivers
Glass 13 - twelve-year-old Jesus in the temple.jpg
14 1557 Jesus on the Mount Robert van Bergen Dirk Crabeth  
Glass 14 - Ministry of John the Baptist 1562.jpg
15 1555 Baptism of Jesus George van Egmond Dirk Crabeth  
Glass 14 - Ministry of John the Baptist 1562.jpg
16 1556 Jesus on the Mount Cornelis van Mierop Dirk Crabeth  
Glass 16 - Sermon on the mount.jpg
17 1556 John's punishment of Herodus Wolter van Byler Jan van Zijl Henricksz  
18 1556 Jesus imprisoned Gerrit Heije Gerritsz & Frederik Ariensz Dirk Crabeth  
19 1570 Beheading of St. John Hendrik van Zwolle Willem Thybaut  
20 1933 Mosaic glass        
21 1933 Mosaic glass        

South Transept[edit]

id date title donor designer glazier image
22 1567 Jesus drives the moneychangers from the Temple Willem the Silent Dirk Crabeth  
Glass 22 - De Tempelreiniging.jpg
23 1562 Elijah, with foot washing and with portrait of the donor, the Duchess of Parma Margaret of Parma Wouter Crabeth I  
Glass 23 - Margaretha van Parma.jpg
24 1559 Philippus and the King of Ethiopia Philippe de Ligne Dirk Crabeth  
25 1603 Siege of Leiden ends Delft Isaac van Swanenburg Dirck Verheyden & Dirk van Douwe
Glas 25 St Janskerk Gouda.jpg
26 1601 Siege of Samaria ends Leiden Isaac van Swanenburg Cornelis Clock
27 1597 Pharisee and the Publican Amsterdam Hendrick de Keyser Cornelis IJsbrantsz Cussens
28 1601 Jesus and the adultress Rotterdam Claes Wytmans  
Glass 28 - Jezus en de overspelige vrouw.jpg
28a 1947 Commemorative window for 1940-1945 Gouda residents Charles Eyck    
28b 1935 Window with heraldic shields of donors Rotterdam D. Boode L.J. Knoll  
28c 1920 Rebuilding the Temple Rotterdam H. Veldhuis L.J. Knoll  
29 1596 The Christian knight and David Cities of North Holland   Adriaen Gerritsz de Vrije  


  • Henny VAN HARTEN-BOERS & Zsuzsanna VAN RUYVEN-ZEMAN, The Stained-Glass Windows in the Sint-Janskerk at Gouda. The glazing of the Clerestory of the Choir and of the former Monastic Church of the Regulars, Amsterdam, 1997.
  • Zsuzsanna VAN RUYVEN-ZEMAN, The Stained-Glass Windows in the Sint-Janskerk at Gouda, 1556-1604, Amsterdam, 2000
  • Xander VAN ECK & Christiane E. COEBERGH, The Stained-Glass Windows in the Sint-Janskerk at Gouda. Dirk and Wouter Crabeth, Amsterdam, 2002
  • Zsuzsanna VAN RUYVEN-ZEMAN, Xander VAN ECK & Henny VAN DOLDER - DE WIT, Het geheim van Gouda: de cartons van de Goudse glazen, Zutphen (Walburg Pers) 2002, ISBN 9057301679