St.-Janskathedraal : Michelin's recommendations
This cathedral was assigned to the Protestant religion between 1629 and the year 1810 in which Napoleon converted into a Catholic place of worship. It has had basilica status since 1929. The building preserves a 13C belfry porch, whose peal of bells, installed in 1925, are famous for their concerts. Viewed from Parade square (in the South), the cathedral exhibits its impressive dimensions and rich decor, worthy of having inspired the painter Hieronymus Bosch The apse is superb, with many chapels radiating around the ambulatory. The decidedly bright interior is quite spectacular, with its 5 naves and 150 columns. Note the frescoed vaulting, which is extremely varied. The oldest (in the chancel) dates from the first half of the 15C. Admire also the pulpit and its Renaissance bas-reliefs (16C), stalls from the 15C, Renaissance organ cases (17C), the copper baptismal fonts from 1492 (chapel on the left of the large organ), stained glass windows (19C) and the star attraction, the retable, in St Antony's chapel, attributed to the Anvers school (around 1500), the theme of which is the Passion. Notre Dame Chapel to the left of the porch tower, houses a miraculous statue of the virgin dating from the late 13C.
Opening hours :
- 10am-11.30am, 1.30pm-4.30pm - closed Sun