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Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Basiliekvoorplein 1 | Koekelberg, Brussels 1083, Belgium
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Ranked #37 of 217 Attractions in Brussels
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: The Koekelberg Basilica ranks fifth among the world's largest churches, after the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Paix in Yamoussokro on the Ivory Coast,... more » Owner description: The Koekelberg Basilica ranks fifth among the world's largest churches, after the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Paix in Yamoussokro on the Ivory Coast, St Peter's in Rome, St Paul's in London and Santa Maria Dei Fiori in Florence.Today, the church is in the first place a place of prayer for peace. The church is still used for celebrations of the parish or for big national celebrations.But the basilica is more than that. The basilica has also an important cultural function. It’s a magnificent Art Deco monument, there are two museums, there are yearly different expositions and you can enjoy a wonderful view over Brussels! « less
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I really recommend a visit, and definitely pay the 5 euros and go up the tower - much better views than the Atomium! the basilica really is something else and will definitely be very different to any other church or basilica you will have seen!

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Madrid
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

From the tower you can have a brilliant view of almost half of Belgium, if the weather is clear, which wasn´t the case when we visited. But the interior is worth the visit, with a clear art déco style architecture. Cannot really say whether I like it or not, but it is truely special. Go for a walk through the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

a real peaceful place after the hectic traffic that you pass to come here. the location is brilliant as you can see the city from its dome. worth the Euro 5 you pay to get there.

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Beautiful Basilica, the panoramic view of Brussels at the top is amazing. - And it has an elevator to the top! This is a very large church. Art Deco, and I loved the two domes. Stop and spend some time in Elisabeth Park in the front of the Basilica

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Haacht
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This church is one of the landmarks of Brussels. Because it is built on a small hill, you see it from far away. I’ve passed the church many times over the years and finally decided to visit it. I would not call the basilica a beautiful church, but it is certainly an impressive building. The church has a dark and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The National Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic Minor Basilica and parish church in Brussels. The church was dedicated to the Sacred Heart, inspired by the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Paris. Symbolically King Leopold II laid the first stone of the basilica in 1905 during the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Belgian independence. The construction was... More

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Sarawak, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Labelled as the National Basilica of Belgium, you gets the option to either go or not for its magnificent panoramic view of Brussel for few dollars. Please be noted that there is no fee to enter this holy ground but, in order for you to get a greater access to see its architecture, collections and unforgettable view it does comes... More

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Dummerston, Vermont
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

You can access this fine church via the hop on hop off bus in Brussels or just go there. Very quiet area, serenity can be found here, photographs are allowed. Well worth the visit to see the fine work inside this wonderful basilica.

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Hungary
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It was one of the highlights of our stay in Brussels to visit this church and go up to the panorama platform. We took the metro to Simonis and then walked through the park (almost 1 km), but you can also take tram 19 (direction Groot Bijgaardenm, underground stop), the basilica is the second stop. To get to the top... More

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Pune, India
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The basilica is a grand monument and offers a peaceful retreat. If you want to some tranquility and peace head there.. Liked it very much... It has the Elisabeth Park in front which is also a good place for a leisurely stroll

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