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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
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Amazing view.

The Basilique by itself lacks a bir of atmosphere, and is quite empty. I like to see churches that are Alive with locals and their liturgies, not just a monument. Anyway it's huge... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Basilique by itself lacks a bir of atmosphere, and is quite empty. I like to see churches that are Alive with locals and their liturgies, not just a monument. Anyway it's huge and the visit to the dome worth it. The view is good and gives you beautiful panorama pictures.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church, or basilica, is supposed to be the 5th largest religious building of the world. Well it is big for sure that I can tel you. Once inside you will notice that not all the space is in use for religious ceremonies. I guess the building has just become to big for that. There are several expositions and little... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 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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