Gouda

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Gouda
Municipality
The mercat square wi the gothic ceety haw

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Coordinates: 52°01′N 4°42′E / 52.02°N 4.70°E / 52.02; 4.70
Kintra Netherlands
Province Sooth Holland
Area(2006)
 • Total 18.10 km2 (6.99 sq mi)
 • Land 16.92 km2 (6.53 sq mi)
 • Water 1.19 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
Population (1 Januar 2007)
 • Total 71,873
 • Density 4,189/km2 (10,850/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) +31-182
Website www.gouda.nl

Gouda (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣʌu̯daˑ] ( listen); population 70,828 in 2009) is a ceety an municipality in the wastren Netherlands, in the province o Sooth Holland. Gouda, which was granted ceety richts in 1272, is famous for its Gouda cheese, smokin pipes, and 15th-century city hall.

In the Middle Ages, a settlement wis foondit at the location o the current ceety bi the Van der Goude family, who built a fortifeed castle alangside the banks o the Gouwe River, frae which the family an the ceety teuk its name. The aurie, oreeginally mairshland, developit ower the course o twa centuries. Bi 1225, a canal wis linkit tae the Gouwe an its estuary wis transformit intae a harbour. Gouda's array o historic kirks an ither biggins maks it a vera popular day trip destination.

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