St. Jan cathedral, Den Bosch

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    A Wondrous Climb

    by datapanik Updated May 1, 2016

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    This is an opportunity to climb up the outside of St. John's cathedral and get a close up view of the 96 stone carved sculptures which decorate the flying buttresses. A scaffolding tower and walkways have been specially constructed to allow visitors to view these normally inaccessible and difficult to spot sculptures. The assorted figures, mythical creatures and monsters are very much in the style of Hieronymous Bosch himself, though they are actually 19th century reproductions rather than the originals which are stored in museums locally and also in Amsterdam. From this height, 25m off the ground, there are also great views around Den Bosch from both sides of the cathedral.

    It should be said that this is a temporary attraction which is open from March 5th to October 30th as part of the Bosch centenary celebrations for 2016, though I was told that because it has proved to be so popular it may be repeated in the future. Tickets cost € 7 and are available at the foot of the scaffolding tower. If you are visiting Den Bosch this year and don’t suffer from vertigo this is highly recommended.

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    St John’s Cathedral (Sint Jan)

    by datapanik Written May 1, 2016

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    The Saint John cathedral is one of the largest and most impressive Gothic churches in The Netherlands. Construction work on the site of an earlier Romanesque church began in the second half of the 14th century and was completed in 1526. Much of the interior including the statues and stained glass dates from the 19th century restoration after the church had fallen into disrepair in the period following the Eight Years’ War. A more recent phase of restoration work was completed in 2011. Inside the cathedral, look out for the pulpit which dates from 1550 and the great organ dating from 1617. On the outside, the flying buttresses are decorated with sculptured figures of angels, saints, dragons and other strange creatures. The spire reaches a height of 73m.

    Address: Torenstraat 16

    Directions: Centre of Den Bosch - cannot be missed!

    Website: http://www.sint-jan.nl/

    viewed from the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center
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    St. Jans Cathedral

    by catnl Updated Sep 4, 2011

    a beautifull Cathedral with a great organ in the center of Den Bosch, certainly worth a visit!
    they have a wonderfull Mariachapel where people can sit down to meditate, burn candles
    On the floor you can see very old beautifull gravestones
    more info on their website

    Directions: center of Den Bosch

    Website: http://www.sint-jan.nl

    St.Jans Cathedral St. Jans Cathedral view at from  the Parade 2011
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    Discover the city

    by ATLC Updated Sep 4, 2008

    The Friends of Den Bosch (Kring Vrienden van 's Hertogenbosch) organise various city walks and other activities to share their enthusiasm and knowledge of the city. The medieval city, modern architecture, monuments and the river Dieze.

    You can contact them through their website.

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    The St-Jan Cathedral

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2005

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    With this last view on the beautiful windows in the cathedral in Den Bosch,

    I want to thank you for reading my page. I hope you enjoyed this little tour through Den Bosch. If you want to read more about cities like this in Holland, don't forget to take a look at my Netherlands page.

    The St-Jan Cathedral

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    The St-Jan Cathedral

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2005

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    In the middle of Den Bosch you can see the St.Jan Cathedral. The Cathedral is open for the public (outside church hours) every day from 8 o'clock until 5 o'clock in the afternoon. From the 3rd of November until Easter it is open from half past 9 until 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The entrance of the cathedral is free.The next few pictures are of the interior and exterior of the cathedral, so you can have an impression what it looks like.

    The St-Jan Cathedral

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    Basilica Cathedral St. Jan

    by Nathalie_B Written May 2, 2004

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    St. John Cathedral is, indeed, the biggest attraction of the city. Built in 13 century It is a real architectural masterpiece. Walk inside to see the magnificent interior and don't forget to pay attention to the organ. The entrance is free, unlike in many other churches in The Netherlands.

    Phone: 073-613-0314.

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    St. Jan cathedral

    by OlafS Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    See the cathedral! Walk around to admire the fine Gothic detail, but do not forget to go inside either. Only, do remember you are in a church. People do not just come here to look at the vaults but also to pray, so please behave. Two chapels are only accessible to those who come to pray, so NO pictures and NO sightseeing.
    Outside the church, in a cabin, is De Bouwloods, a small museum about the history of the church and its endless restorations. I haven't seen this yet, but it should be interesting. Unfortunately it seems that you have to make an appointment, and it's only accessible for groups. It's also possible to climb the tower; ask about this at the tourist office, and let's hope it's not for groups only.

    This is the most important Gothic church of the Netherlands and it's hard to believe that it was built as a 'simple' parish church. It only became a bishop's church later. Yet, like a true cathedral, for a long time its construction was the main objective of the people of the city. Everybody helped pay for it, many men worked at parts of the church their entire working lives, until a son replaced them. And that for several generations!

    Note that the tower is in a completely different style, still kind of Gothic but less flamboyant and with touches of Romanesque. This is the oldest part of the church but restorations have resulted in a very new look, which is a bit of a shame. Still, it's a small miracle 19th-century architects didn't replace the tower altogether. I'm sure they would have wanted to. Speaking of restorations; one of the biggest did the church more bad than good, and not so long ago it was falling apart. Today it may look in good shape but there's always work to be done. If you have some money to spare, you can donate it in the church.

    You'll find a few pictures of the church in a travelogue I made. The cathedral has it's own website but it's so horrible (100% Flash and Dutch only and everything moves) that I rather spare you from the fate of actually having to look at it.

    Address: The centre

    Directions: Don't worry, you can't miss it.

    's-Hertogenbosch: St. Jan
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    St Jan's cathedral

    by tvdm Updated Mar 27, 2004

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    You can't miss this cathedral! Partly because it's so big it dwarfs all other buildings and the other reason is that you simply haven't seen Den Bosch if you haven't visited this jewel!

    Construction lasted throughout the late Middle Ages, and St Jan's is now a testimony of the typical Brabant gothic style. One of its designers was the famous local painter Jeroen (Hieronymus) Bosch. Only two of his paintings remain in the city and both are to be seen in St Jan's: a modest diptych of Jesus and Mary.

    Not only the inside is worth visiting: the exterior has some fascinating scultures, check out the old roof and bring binoculars if necessary!

    Directions: On the Parade, one of the main squares in town.

    St Jan's

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    St. Jan's cathedral

    by ultchuk Updated Feb 4, 2004

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    It's not something you will miss when visiting den Bosch, the beautiful Gothic Church dating back to the 14th century. They started building this church in 1380. The church became protestant in 1629. In the beginning of the 19th century the church became a Roman Catholic church once more. Since the end of the 19th century there has been a continuous restauration. It never seems to finish. Don't miss this Cathedral when visiting den Bosch!

    The site below is in Dutch but gives many more pictures for those interested in knowing more of one the most beautiul churches in the Netherlands.

    Website: http://www.sint-jan.nl/

    St. Jan's Cathedral
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    St. Jans Cathedral

    by martin_nl Updated Aug 22, 2003

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    This late gothic and richly decorated church was built between 1380 and 1520. The church is magnificient and the best looking church I've seen in the Netherlands yet!! A truly must see. Check out the St. Jans Cathedral travelogue for more information and pictures of this church.

    Address: Parade

    Directions: From the Noordbrabants Museum follow the Verwersstraat again and turn left into Waterstraat. You will see the cathedral already.

    St. Jans cathedral
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  • more of Sint Janskathedraal

    by sambarnett Written May 24, 2003

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    Now that's more like it. Sint Jan's is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the Nederlands. The interior (open 10 am to 4:30 pm) is, in a word, stark. After the Protestants assumed control of the cathedral in 1629 they stripped away much of the interior adornments, finding them to be too garish and idolatrous. The interior feels very, very open, if a bit empty. Fortunately they never got to dulling down the exterior.

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  • Sint Janskathedraal

    by sambarnett Written May 24, 2003

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    Built between 1330 and 1550, the contrast between the plain red-brick Romanesque tower and the rest of this Gothic wonderment should be noticable to even those with the least amount of architecture appreciation. Be nice, the plain part is actually the oldest.

    best of both worlds

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    St. Jans Cathedral

    by catnl Updated Mar 11, 2003

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    One of the most beautifull churches (cathedrals) in the provence Noord Brabant.
    As teens we would walk.. from Eindhoven to Den Bosch in the month of May, kind of a pelgrimstrip.
    6 hrs walk starting at midnight and arrving 6 in the morning ...
    aaaaw those poor feet..could hardly walk , lay down in the church in the backside and after the service home by train.

    Directions: Center Den Bosch

    Website: http://www.sint-jan.nl

    St.Jan, Den Bosch
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    The interior of the Saint Jans-cathedral

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Jan 28, 2003

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    The largest and only true cathedral in the Netherlands is the Saint Janscathedral in Den Bosch. The building itself took centuries to be completed and is actually still not finished. If you watch the frontside, where one tower is stretching to the heavens, you see another foundation beside it supposing there would come a second. This however never has been realised. The tower itself is of mainly Roman architecture, though the "ship" of the church shows far more Gothic styles. Inside these differences seem to disappear in the dazzling hight of the ceiling, the light sparkling through the colourful windows and the splendour of statues, paintings, woodwork and a magnificent organ. This work of art is still being used frequently as church (which is often not to say about other Doms and Basilic-churches.

    Midship of Saint Janscathedral (photo: FOIBG)

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