Basilica Oudenbosch of the Holy Agatha and Barbara
A hidden gem in the Western part of North Brabant. This church is unlike any other church in the Netherlands. Just like the center of Oudenbosch, where the church is located, it’s inspired by Roman architecture. The church and historical center around it are worth the visit. In the Oudenbosch Basilica and the museums surrounding it you’ll discover the special connection that Oudenbosch has with Rome and Vatican city.
Just like Saint Peters Cathedral.
In 1865, it was Pastor Hellemons who started with the idea of building a replica of the famous St. Peters Cathedral. During his study in Rome he got inspired by all the impressive Catholic architecture. After becoming Pastor in Oudenbosch he started building his church together with famous architect Pierre Cuypers. The churches nave is an 1:16 replica of St. Peters and the resemblance is amazing, it’s just smaller. The church’s façade is a copy of St. John Lateran one of the other famous churches in Rome. While you’re there, climb up the 144 stairs to the dome to look at the beautiful painted ceilings up close.
Be sure to stroll around Oudenbosch’ city center as well, different museums and other historical sites are within a few footsteps of this impressive church.