Gouda, Sooth Holland

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The mercat square wi the gothic ceety haw
The mercat square wi the gothic ceety haw
Banner o Gouda
Coat of airms o Gouda
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Location of Gouda
Coordinates: 52°01′N 4°42′E / 52.02°N 4.70°E / 52.02; 4.70
ProvinceSooth Holland
 • Total18.10 km2 (6.99 sq mi)
 • Laund16.92 km2 (6.53 sq mi)
 • Water1.19 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
 (1 Januar 2007)
 • Total71,873
 • Density4189/km2 (10,850/sq mi)
 Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s)+31-182

Gouda (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣʌu̯daˑ] ( listen); population 70,828 Archived 2010-03-23 at the Wayback Machine 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 ceety hall.

In the Middle Ages, a dounset wis foondit at the location o the current ceety bi the Van der Goude family, who biggit 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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