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The Van Gogh Church

Etten-Leur, Netherlands

Stained-glass windows inspired by Vincent van Gogh's paintings decorate this church in the town where the artist's career began. 


Colorful stained-glass versions of some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous works decorate the walls of this church, telling the story of the artist who began his painting career in this town many years ago.

It wasn’t in Amsterdam, London, or Paris where one of the most famous artists in history began his career. At 28 years of age, after many travels and attempts at other jobs, Vincent van Gogh returned to his parental home in Etten-Leur to dedicate himself to drawing and painting. To honor the painter’s connection to the town, Etten-Leur created the Van Gogh church, where the artist’s father once worked as a vicar. In fact, the family van Gogh lived just outside this church, where now stands town hall. 

The tour through the church includes the beautiful stained glass windows displaying van Gogh’s life story and art, as well as informational panels describing Van Gogh’s history in Etten-Leur and the viewing of a documentary.

To complete your day Vincent style, you can visit the special Van Gogh bikers route, which takes you through the landscapes that inspired Van Gogh. You can also bike to van Gogh’s birthplace in the village Zundert.

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A visit to the church takes 30 to 60 minutes. A ticket costs €5.50 (approx. $6.50). Open Wednesday to Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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