|Phases in the institutional history
In 1185, duke Henry I of Brabant founded a new town on his domain at Orthen: 's-Hertogenbosch.
1222: A church is mentioned in 1222, but until 1413 this church remained united with the mother church in Orthen, with Orthen as the official seat of the curate.
1366: St John's church becomes a collegiate church (with chapter).
Around 1380, an important pilgrimage to an archaic statue of Our Lady ('Zoete Lieve Vrouwe') starts.
1413: The parish of Orthen is incorporated with the chapter.
1559: The church becomes a cathedral for the newly founded diocese of 's-Hertogenbosch.
The right of collation belonged successively to the archbishop of Cologne (until 1231), the abbey of Berne (until 1270), the abbey of Oudergem near Brussels (since 1270) and finally the chapter in St John's Church.
Several neighbouring parishes were incorporated with the chapter: apart from Orthen - s'-Hertogenbosch and the Court Beguinage in the same town also: Steensel, Geffen, Nuland, Dinther, Hees and Rosmalen.
In 1629, 's-Hertogenbosch was captured by the troops of Orange; the church was given to the Protestants.
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