Oudenbosch Basilica 1/1 by Tripoto
Heather Tucker
Hidden away in the small town of Oudenbosch in the Netherlands, stands one of Holland’s most hidden treasures. As you approach the town of Oudenbosch your eyes are immediately drawn to the large Italian style basilica dominating the flat country-side. No one would judge you for thinking you had suddenly landed in Italy as the Basiliek van de H.H. Agatha en Barbara was built with the intention of being a smaller-scale replica of St Peter’s basilica in Rome. Stepping out of the car and walking up towards the basilica, one surprising thing you notice, apart from its massive scale and amazing detail is how the rest of the town is built right around the basilica, no gigantic pavements or gardens for this basilica! Inside leaves the mind boggling with trying to decide which way to look first. From domes to sculptures, every direction you look is rewarded with an amazing and beautiful view, even if you aren’t a fan of church architecture. The atmospheric yet unobtrusive music being played inside, along with the flickering candle flames all just adds to an experience that is a delight the senses. The basilica itself is huge, 81 meters long, 55 meters wide and the height of the dome is 63 metres. However not everything is as it first appears, the wealth of marble is in fact on closer inspection ‘only’ painted wood – however it is none the less beautiful for these frugal adjustments, if anything it makes it even a bit more impressive. For the stair climber amongst you, you can take the spiral staircase up 140 steps (I know many websites say 144 steps but the door leading to the staircase specifically said 140 steps – I have the photo!) to a great view from inside the top of the main dome. Whether you visit the Oudenbosch Basilica for religious, photographic or architectural reasons, it is definitely a location not to miss.