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Basilica of the Sacred Heart

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Address: Parvis de la Basilique 1 | Koekelberg, Koekelberg, Brussels 1081, Belgium
Phone Number: 0032-2-4211660
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The Koekelberg Basilica ranks fifth among the world's largest churches,...

The Koekelberg Basilica ranks fifth among the world's largest churches, after the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Paix in Yamoussokro on the Ivory Coast, St Peter's in Rome, St Paul's in London and Santa Maria Dei Fiori in Florence.Today, the church is in the first place a place of prayer for peace. The church is still used for celebrations of the parish or for big national celebrations.But the basilica is more than that. The basilica has also an important cultural function. It’s a magnificent Art Deco monument, there are two museums, there are yearly different expositions and you can enjoy a wonderful view over Brussels!

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Impressive basilic! In every way it is an example of grandeur. Often there are exhibitions. Go inside and take your time to admire this jewel of architecture.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Rafael J
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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From the outside it is very impressive. Once we had found the entrance (the first door was to a restaurant (a little unusual in a church) we were disappointed. It looks like it was built to be merely bigger than anything else. It lacked 'atmosphere'

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Impressive basilic! In every way it is an example of grandeur. Often there are exhibitions. Go inside and take your time to admire this jewel of architecture.

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Thank Rafael J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

a great hidden building. save approx 1 hour for this church as there is also a panaromic view at the top..... well worth the 5euro (although i am not a believer in churches selling). i would have made a donation! the church is huge, there are gardens if you wished to take a picnic and there is atmosphere as the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, also known as the Koekelberg Basilica, won’t disappoint. This huge church, one of the largest in the world, and dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was built between 1905 and 1970. Besides the huge basilica itself, designed in a unique Art Deco style, there are great views of the city.... More 

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Thank Quill2005
Glasgow
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

not far from elizabeth metro stop lovely walk up to it, entrance was right round the back and no proper signage but eventually found it. lovely inside wih the option of paying €5 to go up to the roof which is definitely worth the trip

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Charleston, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located off the beaten track for almost all tourists, the Basilique dominates the Brussels skyline from afar. It's apparently the 5th largest in the world with the second largest dome after St. Peters but whatever statistic is correct, at the end of it all its big, not very pretty and if it were not for a view at the top... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure what much to say really. Yes it's impressive but the view from the justice palace back in the city does it justice. I came out to visit as it was on the way to the atonimum but otherwise not worth a separate trip.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was totally surprised by the huge size of the basilica - it's more than 140m long and according to Wikipedia the fifth largest cathedral in the world. You can visit a platform on the dome for 5 Euros (payment by card only), but it's definitely worth it. The views are spectacular.

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Lanskroun, Czech Republic, Europe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Little bit uphill, so you can see the park in front of basilique and also offers a nice view of Brussels city centre. We came around 5pm and building was closed, now I'm not sure if it was only because it was late, or because its simply closed as many other buildings in this city. Park looks very nice and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

... A big disappointment inside.We came on a Monday morning, it felt deserted, and school children were doing doing gym class on the stairs in front of the Basilica, and while not Christian, I find it inappropriate. Some tourist come here to view the city below - and that's probably all there is to it. As you can see in... More 

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