Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sint-Janskathedraal, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Den Bosch is one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in The Netherlands. It was constructed from 1330 to 1530. The tower seems a little out of place with its bricks, but the rest of the exterior is exquisitely ornate.

Front of the cathedral

Side view from nearby park

Glorious details!

Apostles in the main door's archway

The Lady Chapel to the right of the entrance has a thirteenth-century statue of Our Lady known locally as Zoete Lieve Vrouw or "Dear Sweet Lady." The statue was known in the middle ages for its miraculous powers.

Scan of a postcard of Dear Sweet Lady

The organ at the back of the nave dates from the 1600s. It has been renovated and cleaned several times through the centuries and is still in fine working order.

The organ

The nave

The ceiling

The pulpit dates from 1550.


Many fine carvings are scattered all over the cathedral, including a panel installed in 1985 for Pope John Paul II's visit.

John Paul II bas relief (click to enlarge)

Bas relief from the other angle (click to enlarge)

St. Theodora

St. Anthony

St. George and the Dragon

The stained glass is bright and vivid with a variety of matched pairs in the windows.

Sts. Gregory the Great and Ambrose

Sts. Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas

Dormition of Our Lady

A side altar has some nice medieval carvings of the life of Christ.

Medieval carvings (click to enlarge)

The Eucharist Chapel is a little darker but still quite ornate.

Eucharistic chapel

Another chapel features icons from the east, including a Russian icon of God the Father.

Eastern icons

Sint-Janskathedraal is a glorious church and well worth visiting in Den Bosch.

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