St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule)

St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), Brussels

St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule)

St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule)
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  • Park • 4 min walk
  • De Brouckère • 7 min walk
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G.B.
871 contributions
Dec 2021
The church, while not standing out compared to other Gothic cathedrals in Europe, does have some special features. The one that struck me the most is the sundial inside (obtained through a hole in a stained glass window). You can discover it by standing in front of the shop. In this period there are also cribs from all over the world (a nice surprise).
Written January 3, 2022
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Ioannis Vasileiadis
Athens, Greece100 contributions
Nov 2021
A cathedral with different architecture, an impressive building. Not something amazing,but really good to see it.
Written December 13, 2021
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SuzM1985
Velika Gorica, Croatia123 contributions
Nov 2021
This beautiful gothic church is a must see for all architecture lovers!
We didn't have time for guided tour, but it is a stunning building!
It would be a shame not to see it outside and inside.
Written November 28, 2021
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka911 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
A grand cathedral in the middle of Brussels city. You can go inside as well. Just in walking distance from Brussels Central Station.
Written November 22, 2021
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Brian R
Vienna, VA457 contributions
Oct 2021
The guided tour made it all worthwhile, with access to lots of interesting treasures and parts of the cathedral that are otherwise off limits. Frederika provided plenty of interesting history and detail. The tour took about 90 minutes.
Written October 5, 2021
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Sam
Nuremberg, Germany11,214 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Beautiful cathedral in the center. I was intrigued by the figures with golden objects like swords. Great for pictures both indoors and outside as well
Written July 12, 2021
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June A
Surrey, UK2,301 contributions
Aug 2020
The Castle sits on a small hill not far from the railway station and city centre - I walked past it almost every day yet did not go inside until almost my last day. The outside is if anything more pictureqsue and interesting than the inside with its views of the surrounding area. The inside is of course still worthy of a look if only to admire the beautiful stained glass windows.
Written July 11, 2021
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domerol
Paris, France300 contributions
Dec 2020
beautiful gothic cathedral, is like a notre-dame in brussels and has lots of artistic works inside and outside, anecdotes and information about key events of the royal family in belgium
Written February 18, 2021
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DCHPORTVENDRES
Clogheen, Ireland1,280 contributions
Jan 2020
Having read over a thousand pages of the Ken Folllet book on medieval church construction, visiting Cathedrals and places of worship around Europe has taken on a whole new meaning. The Duomo in Milan is a masterpiece that took nearly six centuries to construct, the spectacular Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is still work in progress and the Black Abbey in Kilkenny is a medieval gem. Victor Hugo described this 13th century building in central Brussels as a Gothic masterpiece and few could disagree. It is the preferred location for Belgian royal weddings, the coronation of monarchs and their funerals and it probably should figure on the itinerary of any visit to the Belgian capital. One can easily suffer from Cathedral fatigue while on holiday but this hallowed masterpiece is well worth a visit if only to marvel at the skill of the ancient church builders and admire the wonderful stained-glass window in the northern transcript depicting Charles V and Isabelle of Portugal. It could also be a welcome respite after a busy sightseeing schedule and over indulgence in mussels and chips, waterzooi, waffles and the sublime chocolate for which the Belgian capital is renowned. Afterwards continue up the hill to reach the Parc de Bruxelles, the biggest green space in central Brussels, laid out formally with majestic tree-shaded avenues and another haven of tranquillity in the city centre.
Written November 24, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
If you only have time for 1 church in this city, then this cathedral is the best choice. There are really beautiful stained glass windows in this cathedral for you to enjoy.
Written November 7, 2020
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