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Wondrous climb

In 2016, 500 years after Hieronymus Bosch died, you will have the unique opportunity to see the exceptional sculptures of Saint John’s Cathedral in Hertogenbosch, also known as Den Bosch, up close and enjoy the view of the city in the course of a ‘Wonderlijke klim’ (wondrous climb).

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In 2016, 500 years after Hieronymus Bosch died, you will have the unique opportunity to see the exceptional sculptures of  Saint John’s Cathedral in Hertogenbosch, also known as Den Bosch,  up close and enjoy the view of the city in the course of a ‘Wonderlijke klim’ (wondrous climb).

  • Learn more about Hieronymus Bosch’s impact on the sculptures and paintings in Saint John’s.
  • In 2016, you can participate in the wondrous climb, a unique tour through the cathedral’s roof gutters (from March through October 2016).

Hieronymus Bosch’s influence

Important work was done on Saint John’s during the life of Hieronymus Bosch. This, and the big fire of 1584, means that Bosch never saw the church as we see it today. It does seem, however, that Bosch may have been involved in designing several attributes. The statues on the flying buttresses, for instance, seem to be inspired by his imagination. He painted panels for the altars and some of the wall paintings are reminiscent of his style.

The wondrous 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 wondrous climb. Please note, this extraordinary tour will be available from March through October 2016 exclusively.

The cathedral’s high parapet combined with the wooden boarding installed in the gutters make the walk very safe. A visit to the richly decorated interior of the building that includes a font dating back to 1492, a pulpit from 1560 and the fabulous organ that was completed in 1620 as well as the adjacent museum, De Bouwloods, that highlights the building’s history and iconography, complements and completes the walk.

2016: Jheronimus Bosch 500 year

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:

  • Opening hours: 6 March – 30 October 2016: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.30 – 17.00 hrs, Monday :13.30 – 17.00 hrs
  • Admission: EUR 7/person
  • Groups: maximum 15 persons
  • Tickets: ‘Kring’ information center, Parade 12 or Molenstraat 15a, Den Bosch
  • More information: www.wonderlijkeklim.nl
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