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Basilica of the Sacred Heart

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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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Majestic building sitting at the top of a hill looking down into a parkland and the heart of Brussels

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The structure was visible from far off and the colored domes looked beautiful as well. The visit was well worth and its actually quite big when you get nearer. The park nearby was good as well, just stay off the park late in the evening as most people told us that its note safe to hang out there after dark.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My hostel (which was really nice and friendly) was located 10 min walk away from the basilica. I spent my first night in Brussels there, and it was a great place to space out.. (but don't go there at night, I was warned after spending some night alone there that it was not safe to be around at night especially... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Unfortunately we only had time in the evening to visit the Basilica, so we could not go inside. However, the colossal building is impressive from outside and we'll certainly be back one day to see the inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This was a stop on a tour I was on. I thought it was strange that they would think people would want to go inside of a church, but followed along. Oh my goodness this was the most beautiful church I have ever seen. We took an elevator up, walked the length of the church to another elevator and took... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is the 5th biggest church in the world and well worth a visit. The view walking towards the basilica is lovely and the park itself is beautiful. The church is beautiful from the outside but we were unable to visit the inside as there was a wedding going on at the time. Would love to visit again to see... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

..lout, bless its heart, it's just not very pretty or inspiring. Take a picture from the bus and keep riding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Visited the Basilica on the 17th December, 2014 - the best experience during my 4 day stay in Brussels. We approached this massive art deco edifice in the gloom of the evening, a time of day which was completely in harmony with the sombre style of the building. The Basilica is a bold architectural statement, whose impact has not lessened,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

you can see it on the hop-on hop-off buss tour of Brussels, it is a good looking cathedral with attractive architecture ...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

It was better inside than it looked from the outside. Worth seeing on the way back from the Atomium.

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