St. John's Cathedral

St. John's Cathedral, Den Bosch

St. John's Cathedral
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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329halinav
Pretoria, South Africa34 contributions
Feb 2020
One of two cathedrals in the world that has these statues on the arches, the only one where the statues look up. If you are lucky and they have the roof open in summer, do it. It is truly a sight to behold. The interior is richly decorated and the windows are breathtaking. The entrance from the market has a window that has a panel dedicated to WWII, enter and look back and up. The Maria chapel is still heavily used, with various saints along the walls. Have a look at the wood engravings all along the sides.
Written March 6, 2020
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Ruby2000
Manchester, UK110 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Visited with friends and family. It’s a lovely big cathedral well worth a visit. The nativity however is very bizarre and slightly disconcerting. As well as the usual expected items such as the holy family, shepherds, sheep etc, there are all manner of stuffed dead animals just randomly hanging around. Zebras giraffes cats guinea pigs, you name it, it’s there along with the scene of Jesus’s birth. I’d be surprised if any of these animals are native to the Bethlehem area. We found it very odd and suggest they stick to the usual animals rather than just plonk in every dead stuffed animal they could find.
Written January 9, 2020
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,204 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
This grand and hugely impressive cathedral has the largest tower of a Catholic church in The Netherlands. Not only did we walk the incredible length of the church, but we also climbed the bell tower on a guided tour which was terrific. We learnt about the historic significance of Sint-Janskathedraal throughout the years, how music is played before the hour is marked by the ringing of the bells and why the organ found here is one the most important pieces of instrument in the whole of The Netherlands!
Written August 14, 2020
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19,833 contributions
Aug 2019
The St. Johns or Sint Jans cathedral in Den Bosch is the most exuberant example of late gothic architecture ... modelled after the famous examples in France such as the Notre Dame. Especially gorgeous are the 16 double flying buttresses ("luchtbogen") with a total of 96 figurines sitting on top of them. On the inside, there are many treasures, some of which very old and predate the church such as the medieval wooden Madonna with a real cloak ... you can still light a candle at her foot. Also very impressive is the large copper baptismal font ("doopvont") which was made in 1492 in Maastricht. Access to the church is free, you can just walk-in and give your self a tour, perhaps aided by the nice tourist guide booklet which can be bought for 1 euro at the church museum shop.
Written August 7, 2019
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19,833 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
The big bell tower of the Sint Jan can be climbed and one can admire the bell organ or carrillon. At 43 metres, there is a platform affording great views over the historic city of Den Bosch.
Written August 11, 2019
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robert_bos53
Geneva, Switzerland1,802 contributions
Dec 2019
The dark days before Christmas added extra atmosphere to out visit to the St John's kathedral, but that aside, it is a magnificent monument, certainly by the general standards of the Catholic part of the Netherlands - beautiful stained windows (which I would like to see once again in the summer sun), an impressive organ and many many statues. Once out, the cathedral haunts you with the sound of its "carillon" penetrating the far corners of the town.
Written December 13, 2019
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,994 contributions
Aug 2020
This cathedral is unique in the Netherlands, as its gothic style architecture shows a more southern influence. In contrast to the austere Protestant north, churches in the former duchy of Brabant are more expressive and exuberant in appearance. Most of them are in present-day Belgium like the ones in Antwerp dedicated to Mary, Leuven and Mechelen. Even today the people's culture in the south of the Netherlands is more similar to that of Flanders (and other Dutch speaking parts of Belgium).

I was struck by the worship of the 'Zoete Moeder' in one of the chapels. Ordinary Catholic people still go here to pray and convey wishes or thanks to Mary. Just imagine, centuries after the successful conquest of Den Bosch by 'de Staatsen' (Protestant army) led by Frederik Hendrik in 1629 (turning point in the war against Spain).
Written September 26, 2020
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SandieFossen
Den Bosch, The Netherlands78 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
One of the most beautiful churches in the Netherlands. The building was restored many years back and an artist decided to put a statue of an angel making a call on his mobile phone. You have to try and find this statue. It really exists.
Written October 12, 2017
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OceanShark
Haarlem, The Netherlands3,710 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This is a must see attraction and a picture perfect place.

It is a superb architectural highlight in Den Bosch.
You can climb the tower and enjoy a great view over the city.
The church was erected between 1370 and 1529.
Take a guide tour, of visit the museum as well.
Written May 30, 2019
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Roos N
Ghent, Belgium4 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
I've climbed the tower several times already and it really is an amazing experience.
You're treated with not only a climb, but also with tales of the history of Den Bosch, the Sint Jan and different time era's.
All sorts of little extra's, like the clocks, the carillon and at the end of course the amazing view all over Den Bosch and when you have a clear view you can see as far as Eindhoven, Tilburg, Zaltbommel ..
I'd recommend it to anyone visiting Den Bosch.
Written July 17, 2015
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