The World Through My Eyes

By Marlieske

St.Peter's Basilica...Or Not, that's the question

The Basilica of Saints Agatha and Barbara is a Roman Catholic church in Oudenbosch, in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. The church was built between 1867 and 1880 and was elevated to minor basilica in 1912. The church is a reduced copy of the St. Peter's Basilica, with the front of the Saint John Lateran in Rome. The architects are P.J.H. Cuypers and G.J. from Swaay.
Not only from the outside, the Basilica is very similar to St. Peter's in Rome, much has been copied on the inside. Many of the statues have been taken over from St. Peter's. As a result, the saints from before the 17th century are overrepresented. The Pietà by Michelangelo is recreated in plaster-painted marble. The baldachin above the altar is also a copy of Bernini's canopy. Even pieces from the Sistine Chapel are placed under the small domes.
The basilica is named after the holy women Agatha and Barbara. The church of Oudenbosch was called the St. Agatha Church before the basilica was built. Agatha of Sicily was one of the first Saints from the Catholic Church, one of the 7 primary saints. Often a candle is lit at her image by women with breast cancer or people with burns. St. Barbara of Nicomedia was added to the name of the church during the construction of the basilica. She too counts as one of the former Saints of the Catholic Church. In addition to Jesus Christ, both women, together with Mary, play an important role in the basilica.
More pics in the extra... Two of the nave of the church front and back, candles (I always put up candles), the popes and two from the outside...
It was wonderful to see... A nice surprise on almost the last day of or vacation... 

With many thanks to Wikipedia... You can read more here

Thanks for all the wonderful comments, hearts and stars for my yesterday’s blip! Xxx

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