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 o airms o Gouda
Coat o airms
Location of Gouda
Coordinates: 52°01′N 4°42′E / 52.02°N 4.70°E / 52.02; 4.70
Kintra Netherlands
Province Sooth Holland
 • Total 18.10 km2 (6.99 sq mi)
 • Laund 16.92 km2 (6.53 sq mi)
 • Watter 1.19 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
Population (1 Januar 2007)
 • Tot 71,873
 • Density 4,189/km2 (10,850/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Simmer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Aurie code(s) +31-182
Wabsteid 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 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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