Oudenbosch Basilica

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You don’t know whether you're in the Netherlands or in Rome. Truly impressive,’ declared one surprised visitor to Oudenbosch Basilica. This to-scale copy (1:16) of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was constructed in the village of Oudenbosch in western Brabant between 1865 and 1880. It’s a real masterpiece for a village that then had a population of just 3500, and while the population has since quadrupled, the building remains unique. Designed by master architect Pierre Cuypers, who also designed Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and Centraal Station, you’ll find yourself astounded by this ‘wonderful place, one of the Netherlands’ finest churches’.

An impressive gem
For just 50 Euro cents, you can climb th…

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You don’t know whether you're in the Netherlands or in Rome. Truly impressive,’ declared one surprised visitor to Oudenbosch Basilica. This to-scale copy (1:16) of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was constructed in the village of Oudenbosch in western Brabant between 1865 and 1880. It’s a real masterpiece for a village that then had a population of just 3500, and while the population has since quadrupled, the building remains unique. Designed by master architect Pierre Cuypers, who also designed Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and Centraal Station, you’ll find yourself astounded by this ‘wonderful place, one of the Netherlands’ finest churches’.

An impressive gem
For just 50 Euro cents, you can climb the 144 steps to the very top of the dome and enjoy the magnificent decor from 30 metres up in the air. You can also enjoy the beautiful ceiling paintings on the dome or visit the shop and museum in the basement. As one former guest put it, ‘the basilica is impressive and a real gem in this part of the Netherlands’. The monument forms part of the ‘Grootste Museum van Nederland’, an initiative that aims to make hidden artwork accessible to everyone.

Free of charge
Oudenbosch Basilica remains a place of worship. Access to the Basilica is free of charge during regular opening hours, plus there are tours starting at 2 pm every Saturday. Please get in touch beforehand for private tours. If you prefer to explore independently, audio tours are available in English, and why not combine your visit with a trip to Sterrenwacht Tivoli, the oldest public observatory in the country? You could also discover Breda, Bergen op Zoom and Tilburg. With the station no more than a kilometre away, a bus stop outside the Basilica and free parking, one of Brabant’s most striking monuments is highly accessible.

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Opening times

  • every Mondayfrom 09:00 to 12:00
    from 13:00 to 16:00
  • every Tuesdayfrom 09:00 to 12:00
    from 13:00 to 16:00
  • every Wednesdayfrom 09:00 to 12:00
    from 13:00 to 16:00
  • every Thursdayfrom 09:00 to 12:00
    from 13:00 to 16:00
  • every Fridayfrom 09:00 to 12:00
    from 13:00 to 16:00
  • every Saturdayfrom 09:00 to 12:00
    from 13:00 to 16:00
  • every Sundayfrom 09:30 to 12:00
    from 13:00 to 16:00
  • From the 1st of April to the 1st of October the Basilica is open until 16:30. Every sunday there is a mass at 11:00 in the basilica. You're free to participate. During the mass, please don't walk around as this isn't allowed during a mass. ​

Prices

  • CJP (Cultureel Jongeren Paspoort)Free
  • €2.00
  • from €17.50 to €30.00
  • Payment options: Cash, Online

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Target group

  • ChildrenYes
  • FamiliesYes
  • Young peopleYes
  • PupilsYes
  • StudentsYes
  • AdultsYes
  • Senior citizensYes
  • GroupsYes

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  • Capacity: 300-500
  • Type of location: Monumental location, Cultural location, Special location, Attraction
  • Theme: City center, Near station