Oudenbosch Basilica: St. Pieter of the north

Oudenbosch Basilica of the Holy Agatha and Barbara

Oudenbosch Basilica of the Holy Agatha and Barbara


Oudenbosch - Yamoussoukro -Vatican City

Oudenbosch - What is the similarity between the Dutch Oudenbosch, Yamoussoukro in Ivory Coast and Vatican City? Although the dimensions differ, both the basilica of the H.H. Agatha and Barbara and the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix in Ivory Coast both based on the famous Sint Pieter in Vatican City.

Basilica major Oudenbosch

Pope Pius X granted a hundred years ago the H.H. Agatha and Barbarakerk in Oudenbosch the honorary title basilica minor . The church is 81 meters long and 55 meters wide. The huge dome is 63 meters high and towers high above the town and the surrounding area. In 1865, when construction started, only 3500 people lived in Oudenbosch. Despite the small population, the then pastor Willem Hellemons was determined to build a grand church to Roman example.

Thanks to the 'Sint Pieter' (or the basilica of the H.H. Agatha and Barbara), Oudenbosch is also the 'Rome of the Low Countries ' named. The Koepelkerk is a pastiche (mishmash) of 2 Roman basilics.

Agreements and differences between Oudenbosch and Rome

The content of this Basilica major approx. 16 times smaller than the real Sint Pieter in Rome. Another difference is the finish. Large quantities of marble are incorporated into the basilica in Rome. In Oudenbosch the walls of the interior are 'marbled' with paint. This does not detract from the impressive building.

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    Adress and visitor information

    Oudenbosch Basilica: St. Pieter of the north

    Address: Markt 57
    Postal code and City: 4731 HN  Oudenbosch
    Province/Region: Noord-Brabant

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 1 hours.
    Please check opening times & admission charges before visiting.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



    Waning gibbous

    Architect Pierre Cuypers

    Everywhere in the Netherlands you will come across the buildings of architect Cuypers. His most famous designs are the Central Station and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. But also the rebuilding of Castle de Haar in Haarzuilens is from his hand. In the construction of the Basilica of Oudenbosch, he was 'only' adviser: after all, he had not devised the design himself and the working drawings were based on the original in Rome. The basilica was built between 1865 and 1892.

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