Notre Dame de la Chapelle

Notre Dame de la Chapelle, Brussels

Notre Dame de la Chapelle
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This large church, the burial place of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, boasts a variety of styles: part of the chapel is twelfth-century; the transepts are seventeenth-century Romanesque; and the nave is fifteenth-century Gothic.
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Brian R
Vienna, VA454 contributions
Just OK
Oct 2021
A nice, not great, church with a pretty altar. Despite what is posted online, the church does not open until 10 am.
Written October 5, 2021
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david n
Manchester, UK3,536 contributions
Imposing
Feb 2020
Popped into this large imposing church one afternoon. It is pretty large and a little underwhelming to be honest. There were plenty of old paintings in each alcove along both sides but rather than being uplifting felt more like faded glory. Some nice stained glass windows lifted the spirit a little.
Written February 5, 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,050 contributions
Fantastic looking church.
May 2019 • Friends
The Church Of Our Lady Of The Chapel ( Église Notre Dame De La Chapelle ) is a beautiful church that if your in the Marolles district your sure to view.
This beautiful church dates from the 13th century, a great example of Gothic architecture, when the French army numbering 70.000 bore down on Brussels in 1695 in the War of the Grand Alliance the church was damaged as the city was bombarded ,restored in 1866 and again 1989 to give us a really grand piece of architecture.
We were wandering around this part of town and I couldn't resist taking a few photos, never ventured into the church but on my next holiday to Brussels will most certainly check it out.
Easy to locate on Place De La Chapelle and most definitely well worth checking out.
Written May 22, 2019
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Muna A
Manama, Bahrain8 contributions
Beautiful church
Apr 2019
worth visiting - beautiful glass windows, decor and ceiling.
extra tip: it's in the Sablon area, try the small coffee shops there specially one called wittamer, it's one of the best pastry shops there <3 they have the most amazing sweets
Written May 8, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia33,775 contributions
Lovely church
Sep 2018 • Couples
We literally stumbled upon this church while walking around Brussels. We did not manage to get inside as it was an inappropriate time, unfortunately, but the building looks so imposing. We did manage to have a little look through a small opening and it seemed quite magnificent. It's worth visiting if you are near this area.
Written January 2, 2019
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jan120253
Broendby, Denmark101 contributions
One of my favorite churches in Brussels
Dec 2018 • Friends
There is a lot of beautiful paintings in the side chapels, including the Chapel of Rosary where famous painter Pieter Bruegel tyhe Elder is buried. But also the other chapels is nice and there is a beautiful carved pulpit.

Notice that the church is closed on Tuesdays.
Written December 25, 2018
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rayrest
London, UK7,342 contributions
Market church
Dec 2018 • Couples
In 1134, King Godefroid the first decided to build a chapel outside the city walls. It quickly became a market church, serving the many craftsmen. It became a parish church in 1210 and became really famous in 1250 when it received five pieces of the true cross and became a pilgrimage site.
This is a must visit church and has a great interior.
Written December 5, 2018
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Daniel A
Beijing, China32,963 contributions
Not stunning but decent
Jun 2018 • Couples
We saw this church from the bus and so we decided to visit it when we had a chance. We finally had some spare time and it was nice but not as stunning as other churches we had visited on our tour of Europe. If you are in the area visit it but I wouldn’t go out of my way.
Written August 7, 2018
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,050 contributions
Stunning church
Feb 2018 • Friends
Notre Dame De La Chapelle ( Chapel Church ) is a really beautiful church that is another stunning church that is only a short walk from the magnificent Grand Place.
Founded in 1134 ,there has been a church on this site for near a 1000 years,the present church dates from the 13th century,the church was damaged by the French forces in the bombardment of Brussels in 1695 in the war of the grand alliance.
The church contains the remains of Pieter Bruegel The Elder and is a really popular tourist destination.
The church is easy to reach with several busses dropping you off at stop Chapelle ( bus number 27.48.N12 ) ,you will find this church on Place De La Chapelle.
Well worth checking out.
Written March 13, 2018
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,004 contributions
One of several Barbantine Gothic style church visits around the city centre
Dec 2017 • Couples
Notre Dame de la Chapelle (free entry) is one of several large Gothic style churches that can visited around the city centre of Brussels. It is located at Place de la Chapelle, a 6-7 minute walk south of the Grote Markt and is open for visitation from 10am to 6pm daily.

The church history dates back to the 12th century when its location was outside the the city walls. Originally Romanesque in style, the church was given its predominately Barbantine Gothic architecture in the 15th century. In addition to the attractive Gothic features, there is a nice Baroque style bell tower that was added after the French bombardment in 1695.

Fans of fine art will find an interesting statue of Pieter Brueghel the Elder outside Notre Dame de la Chapelle, you can also see a memorial plaque to the Flemish Old Master in one of the right hand side chapels inside the church as well.

The interior of the church is quite similar to nearby Notre Dame du Sablon in scale and appearance. There seem to be more fresco paintings but less stained-glass windows here. We particularly enjoyed the ornately carved wooden pulpit amongst other interesting things to see within the church.

Overall, Notre Dame de la Chapelle is another good church visit in Brussels for anyone with an appreciation or interest in historic buildings, architecture and history. Its worth 15-20 minutes at least enjoying the interior and exterior of the church.
Written December 6, 2017
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