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Don't use our photo's without permission. You can contact me at the above website's contactform. De basiliek van Oudenbosch in Brabant, voor een gedeelte een kopie van de St. Pieter in Rome. The Oudenbosch Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica in the Dutch village of Oudenbosch. It was built under the initiative of father Willem Hellemons who was parish priest between 1842 and 1884. It was modeled after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and designed by architect Dr. P. Cuijpers. Construction began in 1865 but was not fully completed until 1982. The basilica is unique in the region in that it is quite large with classical Italian appearance that is atypical for most of northern Europe, let alone a small village in North Brabant.
the famous roman style basilica of H.H. Agatha & Barbara, the Arboretum botanical gardens, the Dutch Zouavenmuseum and the St. Louis chapel. Across the street is the monumental Dutch Reformed church, dating from 1819 and the vicary adjacent to it, the oldest monument in Oudenbosch, dating from 1562. The countryside is suitable for hiking and cycling though the woods and agricultural landscape.
From that time the villages developed as we still know them nowadays. Each village has its own identity and its own history. In Oudenbosch for instance, the influence of Roman Catholic life can still be felt and tasted. Most important witness, of course, is the Basilica, which dominates the landscape. This basilica was built between 1865 and 1892. The initiative to build this basilica was taken by Father Hellemons, who was fascinated by the buildings of the Vatican. He managed to persuade over 3,000 Oudenbosch citizens to participate in this project and he built his Basilica. But even before that time religion played an important role. For it were the monks of St. Bernard who made the area so successful with their peat-cutting and who had such a strong bond with the area. One of the first buildings in the area was a chapel, which was built around 1297. In the 19th century Oudenbosch increasingly developed into a (religious) center of education. Thousands of boys and girls went to boarding school at Oudenbosch and were educated by the brothers of St. Louis and by the nuns of St. Anna