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April 27, 2015

Windows, Statues And A Last Look Around…

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This is my final post from Sint-Jankathedral (Sint John’s Cathedral) of s-Hertogenbosch (a.k.a. Den Bosch).

The remaining windows are also beautiful and some feature the names of the donors who helped make or restore them.

I find one modern window tucked away in a side alcove, and more 19th Century windows that feature various coats of arms, all stunningly worked in glass.

Lastly there are the statues that line the main pillars of the cathedral, the ones that separate the nave from the side aisles.

As much attention has been given to the stone as is evident in the stained glass windows: flowing robes, palm fronds, staffs and swords, amazing craftsmanship given that one slip of the chisel could so easily ruin an entire statue.

There is also a wooden statue of a male figure, standing on a plinth with flowers are pot plants at his feet and I’m assuming that this might be St Jan (St John) , the cathedrals namesake because there is also a stand in front of the greenery where worshippers can add a lit candle.

It’s now time for me to rejoin my friends,  we have arranged to meet out the front of the church at a set time and now, all too soon that time is upon us. In fact the morning is racing away and there are still things to do…

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April 25, 2015

Take A Little Piece Of Coloured Glass…

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Regular readers know that I love stained glass.

Visiting churches and cathedrels in Europe gives me an inside into stained glass from centuries past, some medieval glass remains, others are mostly 18th and 19th century additions.

Then, in the 20th century there are also some very modern additions alongside their ancient counterparts.

The glass in each church is different, the general idea of central panels with figures, each telling a story from the bible is a central theme, as are ornate borders and corner pieces.

There are also small panels that are personal to the area, details pertaining in certain people and dates, sometimes important people in the area or the church and sometimes benefactors.

Sint-Jankathedral (Sint John’s Cathedral) of s-Hertogenbosch (a.k.a. Den Bosch)  is a cathedral that has all of the above. There is amazing detail in the picture windows that tell the various biblical stories. but also in the detail of the surrounding “frames” and the strip along the base of the windows that depicts various coats of arms etc. and in some ways these outer sections fascinate me as much or sometimes even more than the central parts of the windows.

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(Sint-Janskathedraal) of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

April 24, 2015

The Vines On The Ceiling are Growing On Me…

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The roof  of the nave in medieval cathedrals almost defy imagination given their height and decorative elements, especially given that they were all made without the modern tools.

when I visited Sint-Janskathedraal (Sint John’s Cathedral) of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in Noord Braband, there happened to be a wedding taking place at the alter, so I took a seat on the isle and listened whilst the couple took their vows.

Just before that however there was a small sermon by the priests about marriage and during that, I pointed camera skywards as I listened.

With the camera on maximum zoom and being without a tripod, seated, I steady myself by leaning back and being as still as I possibly can take photographs of the ceiling high above me.

I first thought that the enter-twining vine like decoration was a “set” repeating pattern, but once I can see them in more detail I find that each section is unique, even opposite sections are not mirror images as I first assumed.

The wonder of this is that “balance” is still perfectly achieved, nothing is seriously lop-sided and it takes a good long look, or a zoom lens to see that each section is really an individual piece.

I’m assuming that this isn’t the original version of the decoration because the original paint has probably been refreshed and given a new layer with each major renovation that cathedral has undergone.

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(Sint-Janskathedraal) of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

April 23, 2015

A Pulpit, Organ And Icons… St John’s Cathedral, Den Bosch.

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Also in the (Sint-Janskathedraal (Sint John’s Cathedral) of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in Noord Braband are several separate prayer areas open to the public to use for that purpose.

I looked into the doorway of one of these areas and spied some wonderful icon images, but not wanting to disturb the people inside the room, kept my distance in the doorway and silently took some photographs without using the flash (as is my custom anyway).

One of the other beautiful things in the cathedral is a wooden carved pulpit, it’s situated in the main body of the church and not up by the alter, and in the same style as the other European churches and cathedrals I have visited, the carved decoration covers every centimetre from top to bottom.

Even the very functional stairs are richly ornamented and it took some very skilful people many months or even maybe years to achieve this amount of detail.

From Wikipedia (link at bottom of this post) I learn that the organ in the cathedral:  ” is one of the most important organs of the Netherlands. The organ case of this organ is one of the most monumental of the Renaissance in the Netherlands.

This organ has a long history that begins with the construction in the period 1618-1638 by Floris Hocque II, Hans Goltfuss and Germer van Hagerbeer. The rood loft and the organ case were built by Frans Simons, a carpenter who probably came from Leiden.

The sculpture of the organ case was carved by Gregor Schysler from Tyrol, who, however, like Floris Hocque, was originally from Cologne.

The organ was renovated, expanded and improved in past centuries by several organ builders, according to the latest fashions.

The last renovation took place in 1984 and was conducted by the Flentrop firm. The organ was restored to about the situation of 1787, as the German organ builder A.G.F. Heyneman left it. Use is made of many pipes of that era, but also of pipes from later periods. In late 2003 the organ was thoroughly cleaned “.

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(Sint-Janskathedraal) of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

April 22, 2015

Generations Entombed In Beauty And Bathed In Light…

One of the things that the Sint-Jankathedral (Sint John’s Cathedral) of s-Hertogenbosch (a.k.a. Den Bosch) is famous for, is the collection of beautiful decorative gravestones in it’s floor. They aren’t just flat engravings of names and dates in the floor either, there are some carved in decidedly high relief, and visitors have to be careful not to trip over them. I didn’t have any problem with that, after being this long on crutches I’m constantly looking at my feet. My photographs really don’t do these justice, there is a lot more detail in reality and they are really raised, a small wonder especially considering that some of them are now hundreds of years old. (btw: the splodges of colours in the photographs is light from the stained glass windows).

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(Sint-Janskathedraal) of ‘s-Hertogenbosch

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