Tuesday, February 7, 2012

'S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands


St. John's Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in the city of 'S-Hertogenbosch, North Brabant, Netherlands. Construction of the church was completed in 1525, but it was damaged by fires in 1584 and 1830. It has undergone 3 restorations, the most recent being completed in 2010. Sculptor Ton Mooy created 25 new angel statues, the last of which wears jeans and holds a cell phone. The phone has only one button - it dials directly to god, according to Mooy. This "modern angel" was, incredibly, approved by the cathedral's fathers (although they rejected a design for an angel wearing a jet pack).

Thanks Truus for this official card.

The green stamp on the left is from 1989, showing a Boyer type sailing ship, used to carry freight from the Netherlands to the U.K., Germany, and the Baltic in the 16th and 17th centuries. The stamp on the right is from 2010.

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