Gouda is a city in the Netherlands, well-known for its cheese and candles. The old market town of Gouda lies in a lush polder district between Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague, at the point where the Gouwe gushes into the HollandseIJssel. It is a very archetypal Dutch town with its quaint canals and many historic buildings in the old part of the township. It has the a large cathedral famed for its gothic tainted glass windows and ahuge 'ship' the heart of the church, which endured the rectification and both world wars. There is also a town museum, a museum devoted to pipes, and a museum about cheese making.