In 1599, the Aalmoezeniersweeshuis (orphanage) was put into operation. The richer orphans of Gouda went to the Heilige Geestweeshuis, while the poorer orphans were sent to the Aalmoezenierweeshuis, which was run by a number of feisty women. Not long after its inception, the building was merged with the adjacent Jeruzalemkapel (Jerusalem Chapel) to form the Weeshuis as we know it today.
A BELOVED ICON
Shortly thereafter, the Weeshuis was closed down. It wasn’t until 1973 that part of the building was brought back into use and became home to a new generation of stories… in the form of books. In 2014, the Public Library of Gouda closed its doors.
Despite the fact that the history of this national monument was not always a rosy one, today the old Gouda Weeshuis is still considered one of the most special and beautiful buildings in the city. The romantic courtyard garden, the red shutters and the iconic gateway; the Weeshuis has a very special place in the hearts of many of Gouda’s citizens.
Are you ready for total relaxation and culinary surprises?
From May 28, you can leave daily life behind you for a while at WSHS Gouda. Book now for our celebratory opening promotion: everyone who books an overnight stay including breakfast and makes a dinner reservation at Restaurant LIZZ will receive a €50 discount on their bill. Also enjoy:
- Upgrade based on availability and an extra welcome gift in the room
- City bikes to discover beautiful Gouda and its surroundings
- A visit to the historic town hall of Gouda
This deal is only valid through the end of June, so don’t wait any longer and treat yourself (or someone else) to an unforgettable experience!