This unique edifice was commissioned by pastor Willemans, a parish priest who admired the Roman style of churches and basilicas. During your visit, you’ll definitely imagine for a moment that you’re in Italy, even though you most certainly haven’t left Holland.
- Visit the Oudenbosch Basilica and admire the neoclassical architecture.
- Discover the unique frescoes and statues in this magnificent basilica.
- Let this extraordinary church surprise you.
You’re not in Rome, but in the small town of Oudenbosch. Here you’ll find a replica of the famous St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The construction of the Oudenbosch Basilica (Basiliek van de H.H. Agatha en Barbara) started in 1865 on the orders of the Roman Catholic priest Willem Hellemons. He very much admired the Roman neoclassical architecture.
The Architecture of the Basilica
The Oudenbosch Basilica was designed by architect Dr. P. Cuijpers, who came up with a creative design after studying the architecture in Rome. The nave and interior were modeled after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome; while the facade is a replica of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, also in Rome. The interior is richly decorated with frescoes and sculptures
Nowadays, people are still surprised to see the classical Italian appearance of the Oudenbosch basilica in the typical flat countryside of Noord-Brabant. Let yourself be amazed by this remarkable church, too!