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Address: Basiliekvoorplein 1 | Koekelberg, Koekelberg, Brussels 1083, Belgium
Phone Number: 0032-2-4211660
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Description: The Koekelberg Basilica ranks fifth among the world's largest churches...
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!
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Wonderful Basilica.

The Basilica is great! Rebuilt after being destroyed in 1905, it has the elegance of the prior centuries, but has realistic imperfections to show authenticity. A must see if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

My title basically says it all. Huge Basilica and so much to see inside, even a restaurant! Greatest thing was that for 5€ you get a lift to the top, from there you have 360 degree views overlooking Brussels. So go there when it's sunny and avoid peak hours, so you don't have to wait in queues.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Another must for any visitor to Brussels, only a short taxi or train ride away, we were told that the views were amazing, such a large church, l enjoyed the visit as much as St Peters in Rome, you just have to see for yourself

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The Basilica is great! Rebuilt after being destroyed in 1905, it has the elegance of the prior centuries, but has realistic imperfections to show authenticity. A must see if you visit Belgium

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Bruges, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The basilica itself is great but i liked the view on the top the best. It's really magnificent, at clear days you can see a lot of Brussels.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Loved the basilica such a beautiful building, and grounds! Loved the inside too such gorgeous statues and stained glass windows. Would defiantly reccomend.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It is quite easily accessible from Simonis metro station. You can choose to walk through Elizabeth park or take a tram which stops right near the basilica Entry is free and very good glass window frescos are there. Climbing to the roof of the basilica costs €5 and can give a good view towards the brussels city center and also... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

It's the biggest art-deco monument in the world. Enter is free. If you want to see the stunning city panorama (what I recommend) it will cost you something (there was a discount when having Brussels Card) - but it was no big deal. Be sure to check Basilica's website because it can be closed due to works. Basilica can be... More 

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Inspired by the Sacre-Coeur in Paris, this huge structure is the 5th largest church in the world, and the largest art deco building in the world... a must see! The church is free entrance, but if you're willing to pay a few euros you can go up to the dome for views across the city. Slightly outside of the city... More 

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Stunning views of the city from the terrace!!!!!! Ticket to the balcony/terrace is not very expensive and it's highly recommended!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I visited the Basilica de Koekelberg in 2007 during free time on a business trip. Walking up from the heart of Brussels, through Parc Elisabeth, it really is a spectacular trip. The building itself is fantastic and looks timeless, even though I've come to understand it was built in more recent times. The park is beautiful and would be somewhere... More 

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