Saint John’s Cathedral

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Saint John’s Cathedral

Saint John’s Cathedral, or Sint Janskathedraal in Dutch, is without a doubt one of the architectural highlights in the city of Den Bosch. The Gothic church was erected between 1370 and 1529 and is decorated with extraordinary sculptured detail. In 2016, 500 years after Jheronimus Bosch died, you will have the unique opportunity to see the sculptures up close and enjoy the view of Den Bosch in the course of a ‘miraculous climb’.

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Saint John’s Cathedral, or Sint Janskathedraal in Dutch, is without a doubt one of the architectural highlights in the city of Hertogenbosch, also known as Den Bosch. The Gothic church was erected between 1370 and 1529 and is decorated with extraordinary sculptured detail. In 2016, 500 years after Hieronymus Bosch died, you will have the unique opportunity to see the sculptures up close and enjoy the view of Den Bosch in the course of a ‘wondrous climb’.

  • Visit beautiful Saint John’s Cathedral in Den Bosch.
  • Explore the impressive interior and don’t forget the special organ.
  • In 2016, you can participate in the ‘miraculous climb’, a unique tour through the cathedral’s roof gutters (from March through October 2016).

Prosperous s’-Hertogenbosch

The majestic Saint John’s Cathedral clearly reflects the prosperity of 's-Hertogenbosch in the late Middle Ages. Its rich sculptural detail, the big organ and the cut altar are just a few examples. Unfortunately the cathedral’s interior suffered greatly during the Iconoclastic Fury of the sixteenth century, when it was changed into a Protestant church and many Catholic attributes disappeared. Fortunately the baptismal font from 1492, the pulpit from 1560, and the majestic organ from 1620 remain. Saint John’s was transformed back into a Roman Catholic Church in 1816, and became the main church in the bishopric once again in 1853.

The Miraculous Climb (March 2016 through October 2016)

In 2016, 500 years after Hieronymus Bosch died, you can see the similarities between the statues and Bosch’s work with your own eyes in the course of a unique tour. At a height of 25 metres you will be guided through Saint John’s roof gutters and see the 96 statues on the flying buttresses up close. You will see the dragons, monsters and fabulous creatures and enjoy the wonderful view of Den Bosch. It will be, in short, a miraculous climb. Please note, this extraordinary tour will be available from March through October 2016 exclusively.

2016: Jheronimus Bosch 500 year

De Wonderlijke klim (wondrous climb) is part of Bosch Experience, a discovery tour through the city of Bosch, Den Bosch. The city will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the Netherlands’ most important medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450-1516) in 2016 with the international Jheronimus Bosch 500 event.

Practical information

The church is open daily from 9:00 to 17:00. Please note that deviating hours may occur due to church services or other activities.

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