Cycling is beautiful from any view-point, but seeing people sailing by on their bicycles from atop the magnificent cathedral of ʼs-Hertogenbosch brought that beauty to another level.
It is possible that you saw this cathedral in earlier posts. It is the one where donated bicycles were blessed. Something that sparked quite a controversy, especially in the YouTube comments. Just two weeks ago I showed you people enjoying what could be this year’s last summerly ride in the nature reserve so close to the ʼs-Hertogenbosch city centre. In that video you could see the cathedral in the distance. Now I can show you the view from the roof of that cathedral. As part of the celebrations of the Jheronimus Bosch year, in which we remember that the most famous painter of the city died 500 years ago, people got the opportunity to make a wondrous climb 25 metres up to the roof of the cathedral to see the fantastic sculptures from up close, especially the 96 stone flying buttress figures. These are from about the same time the painter lived and their symbolism has connections with the work of Bosch. You never get the chance to see them because they are simply almost invisible from the ground.
I climbed the temporary scaffolding on my birthday on the last day of September. The weather was still exceptionally good and seeing the 500-year-old cathedral from the outside, up so high, was a great new experience. I had not expected it to be interesting for this blog, until I looked at the people riding by. Under these conditions, from this height, in the beautiful sunshine, with the longer shadows related to the early days of autumn, the beauty of the people cycling by really moved me. No other means of transport makes moving seem so effortless and makes it so elegant and silent. I hope the video can convey some of the beauty I experienced while I was standing on the roof of the cathedral. Enjoy!