Notre Dame de la Chapelle
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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David n
Manchester, UK4,706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China20,268 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Brussels is full of Catholic churches of all architectural styles with this as one of the long list. Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle is a large structure in downtown. Beware that opening hour is pretty short for this.
Written June 15, 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,685 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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CopperTeaPot
Russia467 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Business
To tell the truth, I spend about 4 hours to find this church, using paper map and Garmin navigator.
Problem was, that on both maps this exactly English name was missing, and there are several Notre Dame churches in Brussels center. And I visited 2 or 3 churches, before I found "Kerk Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Kapelle", which was "Notre Dame de la Chapelle".
So it is better before visiting Brussels to consult with Google maps, or another source, and enter exact coordinates in your navigator.
This church was interesting for me, first, because it is burial place of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his wife. Pieter Bruegel the Elder is my favourite painter.
Also, church is beautiful inside and outside. It has nice organ, but there were no any concerts during my stay in Brussels. In case you are organ-fun, look at chapelle web-site.

By the way, there is a small street toilet (for man) just near the chapelle.
Written April 3, 2013
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Eglise Note Dame De La Chapelle (The Church Of Our Lady Of The Chapelle) is situated upon Place de la Chapelle and is open from 10am to 6pm daily. The church dates back to the 12th-century and mainly features early Romanesque and Gothic features added during the 15th-century. There is also a Baroque style tower that was added after the French bombardment in the late 17th-century. Notably, this is where Flemish Old Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder is buried.

In addition to an impressive exterior, there are a couple monuments outside the church worth having a look-see. These include the recent tribute statue and plaque to Bruegel as well as a replica obelisk fountain that resembles the 18th-century monument that once rested on the old church grounds before they were converted into a public square in the 1820s.

There are interesting things to see within the church as well including fresco paintings, stained-glass windows, delicately carved wooden pulpit and confessionals, Baroque side altars and other items of religious worship. The main altar and apse are nicely ornamented while the nave offers statue lined columns. Overall, it is a nice church, worth 10-15 minutes to explore if you are interested in historic churches and enjoy seeing them during your travels.
Written November 21, 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,440 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The church looks lovely from the outside, but unfortunately it was closed (when I visited it during its opening hours), so I was only to admire its exteriors, which were nice.
Written May 2, 2022
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK830,501 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Peter
Antwerp, Belgium8,175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
Gothic church near the Rue Haute and the Marolles district. The church was filled completely with Polish Roman Catholics, attending a mass in their language. Very peaceful after they had left. A monument remembers Pieter Brueghel the Elder who was buried in this church in 1569. The painting of Christ giving the keys to St. Peter is a copy of a P.P. Rubens, since the pastor of the church sold the original in the 18th century.
Written July 31, 2017
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Steve C
Annapolis, MD642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
The Hop On - Hop Off bus wasn’t leaving for thirty minutes, so we did a quick burn-run up the hill to check out the glowing white stone Notre-Dame De La Chapelle Church on the hill, leading to the Upper Town. Inna and I are total suckers when it comes to churches. We aren’t religious, but we are big fans of architecture and the serenity of a majestic church’s magnificent interior. The twin-towered church featured some amazing tapestries depicting historic events from Brussels’ rich and often bloody past.

You can easily check out all of the church in less that thrirty minutes and it's free. It's a good stop on your way to Upper town -- or on you way back from Upper Town.

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Written June 19, 2017
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GuelphTraveller
Canada1,380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
This church which is just north of Sablon Square was begun in 1210. It is a large Gothic church with a plain and beautiful interior. Peter Brugel the Elder is buried here and there is monument to him in the church. There are medieval stone statues, a beautiful carved pulpit and lovely stained glass. Around the corner is the last remaining part of the old city wall. Worth a visit.
Written January 12, 2015
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