Notre Dame du Sablon
Notre Dame du Sablon
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Dominating the Sablon Square in the center of Brussels, this church was transformed from a chapel into a major gothic church starting in 1436 through the beginning of the 16th century, and truly exemplifies the Brabantine gothic style of architecture.
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  • Naamsepoort • 6 min walk
  • Troon • 8 min walk
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China153,724 contributions
    A gem of 15th-century Gothic architecture in Brussels
    Église Notre-Dame des Victoires au Sablon (Church of our Blessed Lady of the Sablon) is a gem of a church and one of the finest examples of Flamboyant Gothic architecture in Belgium. Built upon the grounds of an earlier chapel, what you see today was constructed between 1400 and 1549. It is a remarkably beautiful church with an exquisite exterior and a lovely interior with Gothic features as well as Baroque chapels built during later centuries. You'll see impressive artworks, stained-glass windows, altarpieces, delicately carved pulpit, organ and more. Then time to exit the Church of our Blessed Lady of the Sablon to view it from outside again. You'll find the church set upon the southeast end of the set on the atmospheric Place du Grand Sablon. It is open from 10am to 6pm (weekdays) and 9am to 6pm (weekends). Allow 15-20 minutes minimum to view both the interior and exterior of the church.
    Written November 16, 2022
  • tmazionsmith
    Saint Paul, Minnesota316 contributions
    Gorgeous stained glass
    This was probably my favorite cathedral that I saw in all of Belgium. The architecture is fantastic, but there is just something extra about this church when the light comes through the stained glass. I was there between 11 and noon; it was pretty much perfect, as there were very few people at that time and the sun was shining in nicely.
    Written December 31, 2022
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,315 contributions
    Another impressive church!
    Not as imposing or grand as the cathedral but still very impressive. The church, dating back to the 15th century, has several wonderful stained glass windows and some nice paintings, carved side altars, and a lovely marble statue in back of the main alter. Superb intricate statuary on exterior.
    Written January 21, 2023
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Kufunda
Harare, Zimbabwe356 contributions
Sep 2022
Of all the churches I visited in Brussels, this was the most spectacular in terms of the number of stained glass windows depicting religious figures, some as recent as the 20th Century, and coats of arms of various prominent families impacted by WW 11. As is the trend, aspects of the church are from various parts of Belgium, including Antwerp, and there are two organs. The place is functional and dense with history and religious art. Well worth a visit.
Written September 9, 2022
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium28,506 contributions
Sep 2021
If the Church of Notre-Dame du Sablon looks like a quintessential Gothic church today it is because 18th, 19th and 20th century ‘restorers’ have played arounds with it at leisure, removing the surrounding houses, demolishing parts of the building or adding ‘typical’ elements. More than fifty of the statues date from the past century. But somehow, today, the result looks great.

The church is a haven from the surrounding bustle, full of monuments, statues and paintings we found described in a leaflet available near the entrance. We loved the pulpit with the symbolic representation of the four evangelists (a winged man, a lion, an ox and an eagle). It was carved by local sculptor Marc de Vos for a now demolished 17th century Baroque church elsewhere in Brussels. The two stunning chapels flanking the choir, the chapel of Saint Ursula, which is the funeral chapel of the Thurn and Taxis family, and the Chapel of Saint Marculf contain some very fine Baroque marble statues.
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Entrance is free (we are not in Holland here) and there doesn’t seem to be a dress code. But even so, respecting other people's places of worship is a matter of good manners.
Written September 21, 2021
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Ugo C
Reykjavik, Iceland746 contributions
Jun 2022
This church is amazing. So much detail, so much history within it. You can spend hours just staring at it, from inside or out. Also, the best views and photos can be taken from the park across the street.
Written June 28, 2022
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Alex L
Moscow, Russia340 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Incredible chapel with amazing art work and atmosphere . The high beautiful gothic ceiling and the intricate statues and art really bring forth the majestic power and influence of catholic church . This is a must visit for anyone who respects fine art and i truly feel that the art works of many men and the dedication to the craftsmanship demands respect and admiration if anything . You may not like or agree with religion and church politics but you can not fall short of enjoying the beautiful art that makes our life on earth abit more enjoyable .
Written February 23, 2020
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,191 contributions
Dec 2019
The Church of Our Lady of Victory at the Sablon is one of the most beautiful churches in Brussels. It's a wonderful example of the late-Gothic flamboyance with lots of other architectural sites inside: baroque chapels of the Thurn and Taxis family, the postmasters of the Habsburgs since the 15th century, for instance, can be found on either side of the choir. The church also has lots of paintings and valuable sculptures by Hieronymus Duquesnoy de Jonge, Mattheus van Beveren, Jan van Delen, Gabriel Grupello and many more. One of their treasures is the boat of Beatrijs Soetken which she used to convey a statue of Mather Mary from Antwerp to Brussels, or so legend tells us. Every year since its arrival, the crossbowmen carry the statue around the church in a procession, an event that would eventually grow into the Ommegang of Brussels which still starts off at the Sablon and ends on the Grand Place. The stained-glass windows of the 16th to 20th century, then, show us the ties the church has had prominent families through history. The sculptures in the entrances of the church all date from the 20th century, the south portal richly decorated with numerous Biblical figures. The tympanum above the entrance door to the church depicts a Christ figure surrounded by scores of saints and was already there when Robert Campin around 1420 painted his Marriage of the Virgin, now in the Prado in Madrid. Allow ~ 1 hr for your visit.
Written February 12, 2020
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA494 contributions
Nov 2022
Spectacular gothic church with amazing stained glass. Relaxing atmosphere with an amazing interior. It was a nice respite from the cold weather. Just a wonderful place to visit and look back at fondly when you get back home.
Written November 20, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK165,935 contributions
Sep 2019
The Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon is a church that must have one of the finest collections of stained glass windows in all the churches of Brussels. The church is slightly unusual in have equally stunning stained glass windows on two levels. Much of the subject matter is saints and medieval rulers of Northern Europe. The exterior and much of the interior is clearly gothic, but it does have two beautiful Baroque chapels on either side of the high altar. One chapel is dedicated to Saint Ursula and the other to Saint Marcouf, both of which are decorated with superbly ornate sculptures and beautifully translucent white marbles.

In my humble opinion, this church should be on any itinerary for Brussels.
Written September 8, 2019
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avist80
Gorinchem, The Netherlands99 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
There are several tourist spots near this so everyone could include this in his/her route. It only takes a couple of minutes to see what's inside. There is also a park opposite if anyone wants to relax or rest afterwards. The interior and stained glass are really awesome.
Written October 29, 2012
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Linda7491
London, United Kingdom151 contributions
Dec 2019
It was a cold morning, we decided to just a take look at the cathedral and was so glad we did. At the moment there is a nativity display from various countries, they are all different and enjoyable to see, well worth going to see.
Written December 16, 2019
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Diana R
Feltham, UK251 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We arrive too early to check in to the hotel so wondered around the area and came across this beautiful church.
Inside were beautiful stained glass windows and religious statues.
Written December 12, 2019
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