Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Béguinage

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Béguinage, Brussels

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Béguinage

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste au Béguinage
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,833 contributions
The Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Béguinage is a 17th century church Quartiers des Quais district of Brussels. The church is built in the Baroque style and the facade of the church is one of the most elaborate and beautiful Baroque facades I’ve ever seen.

On the day I visited, much of the interior was devoted to an exhibit on modern slavery and very enlightenting. Some of the stonework inside are exceptional especially on the capitals which are adorned with a mixture of floral themes and cherubs. The two stained glass windows are also amazing, one of which depicts Jesus symbolically handing over the keys of heaven to Saint Peter.

The church has a masterpiece painting by Theodoor van Loon, “Saint Ursula crowned by baby Jesus”, which just amazing for combining seriousness and the playfulness of the cherubs. There’s also masterful sculptures of John the Baptist, Jesus and Mary, above the high altar which are worth checking out.

Should be on any itinerary for Brussels.
Written September 8, 2019
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Magellano81
Tortona, Italy41,158 contributions
Couples
I've seen hundreds churches like this throughout Italy but this time see a Baroque style church in Brussels it was so weird. As I said lovely baroque facade that makes it unique, the architecture style in this city it's pretty the same for most of the churches. Even the inside is not too bad. Well worth a quick visit.
Written July 5, 2015
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stangina
Oswego, NY197 contributions
Solo
Just off St Catherines. Very happy to see a great use of one of the numerous churches in Brussels. Displays and activities to help all of today's refugees. Moving, and the church is quite nice too.
Written June 7, 2015
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium28,319 contributions
Walking back after visiting Le Grand Hospice, we approached the Beguinage Church from the back and could see its elegant bell tower. From the entrance at Place du Béguinage the tower is hidden behind the Baroque opulence of the façade.

When we tried to visit the church last year, it was squatted by illegal migrants demanding a collective regularisation of their situation. In the meantime, it seems to have been converted permanently into a camping site for migrants in the centre of Brussels. There were people laying about on beds along the walls in the middle of the day. The place was loud and smelly. So, we quickly took a few pictures and headed for the exit. Was there really no other place available than this museum-quality church?
Written March 9, 2022
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Aragorn65
London, UK1,139 contributions
Solo
I was shocked! This should be a sacred place but become a gallery, meeting rooms, coffee shop (closed one), concert music hall. It is just waste of your time. Avoid it at all cost unless you have nothing to do in Brussels!
Written May 8, 2017
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deborah r
Belmont, NC1,145 contributions
Couples
A beautiful Flemish Baroque building from 1676. It is currently being used as a camp for refugees. There are many posters explaining the problems of slavery during this time.
Written April 4, 2015
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GuelphTraveller
Canada1,389 contributions
Solo
This lovely baroque church was consecreted in 1676. It is situated in an area not too far north of the Grand Place just beyond the Eglise Ste-Catherine. This is not simply a lovely church but also acts as a refugee centre for Afgans fleeing the troubles in their country so in addition to the beautiful artifacts of the church there are make-shift housing arrangements inside. The exterior of this church is classical and Italianate Baroque with fine carving and a large and dramatic doorway. The interior features round headed stain glass windows, classical symmetry and a mix of ionic and rather fancy doric columns. The main altar is baroque marble and gold and the pulpit is an unusual carved rustic stair with a wooden canopy.

There are carved winged angel heads above the columns and on the floor are old tombstones some with the skull and cross bones. There are other stone carvings, paintings and church furniture as well. Worth the visit.
Written January 13, 2015
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel35,760 contributions
This lovely-looking church was closed when I visited it (despite being there when it was supposed to be open).
One cannot ignore the amount of homeless living next to the church, either locals or refugees, and their dire situation.
Written May 2, 2022
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Bob K
Fairfax, VA2,191 contributions
The Church of St. John the Baptist at the Béguinage is attributed to the Flemish architect Lucas Faydherbe, the building is a notable illustration of the Italian-influenced Flemish Baroque style of the 17th century. The church was part of the beguinage Notre-Dame de la Vigne of Brussels. The Beguines were lay women who lived a communal life but were not bound by perpetual vows. This church was rebuilt by the Beguines in the Baroque style in 1657. Attributed to the Flemish architect Lucas Faydherbe, this church is a notable illustration of the Italian-influenced Flemish Baroque style of the 17th century. Its facade is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Belgium. The Beguines were dispersed in 1797 during the French regime. The grounds were parceled out gradually and streets laid out. The church was restored after it was ravaged by a fire in November 2000. While visiting there was an art exhibit, Left Luggage. It is the product of a confrontational visit to the “Kazeme Dossin” museum in Mechelen (almost 26,000 Jews and Gypsies were deported from this transit camp to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps between 1942 and 1944. Only 5% returned). The work was comprised of more than 100 old and seemingly carelessly abandoned suitcases. These suitcases exhibit portraits (oil on canvas) of children whose young lives were abruptly cut short by the horror of the Holocaust. Allow ~ 30 + min for your visit.
Written February 12, 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK611,815 contributions
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Church Of Saint John The Baptist At The Béguinage ( Saint Jean Baptiste Au Béguinage) is a beautiful Roman Catholic church located around the St Catherine district.
The church looks awesome, built in the Baroque style of architecture that is so pleasing on the eye, work commenced in 1657 so the church has some serious history attached to it.
I never ventured into the church but thought the facade looked amazing .
Easy to locate on Place Du Béguinage in an area teeming with pubs,bars and restaurants and some amazing architecture.
Well worth checking out.
Written May 20, 2019
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