Sint-Willibrordkerk – Utrecht, Netherlands - Atlas Obscura


A uniquely preserved neo-Gothic church that is now home to a collection of art and woodcarvings.  


When entering the Sint-Willibrordkerk in Utrecht one might expect to find a normal church inside, or perhaps something modern judging by the giant LED halo that decorates the church’s roof. However, nothing could be further from the truth, as beyond the threshold is a journey to medieval times. 

The church was built in 1875 by Alfred Tepe, following a neo-Gothic style that aimed to recreate it as closely as possible to the old way of building churches. Of course, the building was made smaller to fit the limited space in the city center. Proportionally it is built the “right” way, making it one of the most impressive and well-preserved examples of the Utrecht School of the neo-Gothic movement. 

The church is dedicated to Saint Willibrord and is filled to the brim with intricate art decorations, masterful woodcarvings, and stained glass windows. It was renovated during the early 1990s as well as in the 2000s, which ensures that it will remain for a long time. 

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Check the church website for opening times.

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