Oudenbosch Things to Do
The idea for building a roman church in Oudenbusch first came from father William Hellemons who was devoted to the Pope and all things Roman
The well known architect Dr P. Cuijpers designed a church where the outside was a copy of the façade of St John Lateran in Rome, and the interior, St Peters Rome.
Building began 1865 and completed 1892.
In 1912 the church was elevated to the rank of Basilica.
The right hand pillar by the alter gives access to the dome, the shop, the treasury and the museum.
Climbing the 144 circular stairway to the dome is worth the effort for the views back into the church and the paintwork up there.
Entry to the Basilica is free but 50 euro cents per person to the dome.
Well worth the visit
The Basilica of Oudenbosch was build on the initiative of father Willem Hellmons between 1865 and 1892. The Basilica is a small copy of the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The Basilica has been renovated and is really worth a visit.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
The Institute of St. Louis, a boarding school, was one of many catholic institutions in this small town. The chapel is itself a copy of the basilica, only smaller and much more subtle. The interior is worth a look if it's open. I was lucky to get there shortly before a mass was held, and the priest invited me in.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Oudenbosch is situated within the triangular shape of three highways in Western Brabant running from Breda to Dordrecht, from Dordrecht to Roosendaal and from Roosendaal to Breda. I accidently reached it by car, taking a wrong turn off the freeway and starting to work my way in the direction of Breda. From far away the dome will be a guiding "light" to Oudenbosch.
A wonderful delicatessen. I bought some of their cranberry pate and it was liked so much I went back and got more.
If the rest of the produce is as good as that pate, I would recomend everything that they sell.
I gather it is part of a franchise chain, so hopefully will see them again.
What to buy: food
What to pay: about average, I found their prices to be very acceptableRelated to:
- Food and Dining
Favorite thing: To be honest, Oudenbosch itself is one of many villages within the province of North Brabant. On itself it holds not that many special things, but with the basilica of Saint Agatha and Barbara it has a highlight that doesn't know it's equal within The Netherlands. The more the surprise for an unexpected visit here by me. A surprise that I of course want to share with all of you.
To say that Oudenbosch does not have anything else to offer, would be incorrect. I have seen some nice picture about the old boradingschool of Saint Louis as well, which must be also a pretty sight. It again has a part that is a scale-model from the basilica. So, one can say that Oudenbosch eventually has two of them.
Fondest memory: The surprise in a moment of loosing my way and finding accidently this amazing building.