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The Church of Our Blessed Lady of Sablon adorns the historic heart of Brussels with its striking late Gothic architecture, featuring a Brabantine Gothic facade and interior Baroque chapels. Built as a remarkable cross-shaped structure with a 26-meter (85.30 feet) high ceiling, the church also features lovely stained glass paintings that were completed in the 19th Century. The construction of the church commenced in 1304, a year after the Noble Serment of Crossbowmen were recognized as a guild and granted a small plot in Sablon. The church grew to the miraculous entity it is today when one Beatrijs Soetkens brought the idol of Virgin Mary from Antwerp and placed it in the church. Since then, the church is associated with the religious procession of Ommegang, where the statue of Mary is carried through the streets of Brussels once a year.
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is the location for Belgium's royal weddings and funerals. It started its construction in the 13th Century and it was completed two centuries later. Various chapels were added during the 16th and 17th centuries. A striking figure of precision and symmetry, the cathedral serves as a monumental example of Brabant-Gothic architecture. Outside, two awe-inspiring towers attract attention and it is hard not to admire the intricate stained-glass windows. The remnants of the 10th-century Romanesque church, on top of which the cathedral was built, evoke considerable awe as well. Concerts featuring religious or classical music are also regularly held here.
St. Peter's Church is a remarkable edifice worth visiting for its architecture, artwork, and relics. It is a late Gothic church, built on a plot of land which had held churches since 986, its own construction beginning around 1425. Its history is plagued with fires, partial collapses, and damage sustained during both World Wars. However, the Church has retained a phenomenal selection of religious artwork which includes the 'The Last Supper,' the internationally renowned 15th century triptych by Dirk Bouts. A 12th century wooden head, another Bouts painting, and a number of 15th century sculptures also find their home here.
Saint Nicholas Church is a historic religious site in the heart of Brussels. It is beautifully constructed featuring tall, arched ceilings, stained glass windows, and intricate wooden carvings throughout. It is worth a visit for those who are looking for a tranquil outing in Brussels.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Koekelberg is the fifth largest church in the world. Situated on the Koekelberg Hill, the church, dedicated to Sacred Heart, draws its inspiration from the one in Paris. The construction of the church started in 1905 under the reign of King Léopold II, but was put on hold during the two World Wars and was not completed until 1970. The huge structure (about 100 feet tall) is made of bricks and terracotta, with two towers on each side of the entrance, and an Art Deco edifice. A sight to behold, the magnificent church is a major religious as well as architectural landmark.
The Saint Francis of Assisi Church near Ottignies, in Louvain-la-Neuve, is built in the contemporary architectural style of the 1970s and 1980s. It houses fantastic and historic works of art including a 12th century statue of the Virgin Mary and ceramic pieces by Françoise Minne. Open to the public, it is an excellent stop on a tour of cultural and religious edifices in Belgium, and also hosts concerts on a periodic basis.