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National Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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...more
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Parvis de la Basilique 1, Koekelberg, Brussels 1081, Belgium
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A bit hard to access due to the very busy roundabout in front of it but really nice. It’s located at the end of a big park.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Szabin
Reviewed May 24, 2019

A must see in Brussels amazing building huge inside counted about 10 alters it's one of the biggest churches in the world fab..

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank John B
Reviewed May 20, 2019 via mobile

Not just big but massive. For a ‘modern’ Cathedral this is surprisingly tasteful with some very good stained glass. Worth a trip out.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank NorthEastnostromo
Reviewed May 11, 2019

We made it out having visited the Atomium, walking past the palace on the way, it was quite a walk and probably wouldn't do it again, we couldn't see much of the palace from so far away. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart was a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank rarachie
Reviewed May 6, 2019 via mobile

This church is well worth a visit. It is slightly away from the centre but not that difficult to get to. The inside of the church is impressive and different from many churches. You can get a lift to the top of the dome and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank WatfordNeil
Reviewed April 30, 2019 via mobile

Many reviews indicated that they weren’t overwhelmed. I think that is the point. This church was just finished 60 years ago. It is a modern beautiful building with many outstanding stained glass windows. I enjoyed the fact that I could recognize many of the persons...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank SeasonedTraveler088
Reviewed April 19, 2019

Beautiful art deco cathedral - worth the trip to go see - incredible architecture and a fixture on the skyline of Brussels.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

The basilica is an impressive structure from the outside, the inside wasn’t that exciting however it’s not “the pile of faeces” some reviews claim it to be. Despite the relatively average architecture inside (compared to amazing ornate ones) the viewpoint is amazing! Views across the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank lizpE9149EU
Reviewed April 1, 2019

National Basilica of the sacred heart is one of the beautiful and big church in Brussels. Its near the Simonis metro station. You can go on the top of church and can have panaroma of Brussels city. Its a nice place to visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank stayfocusedstaycalm
Reviewed February 12, 2019

Typical styleless monster, a display of bad taste and ( colonial) wealth. Although architects will be interested in the techniques used and the display of white carrare marble is a bit over the top. Yes, the Pope was here.

Date of experience: March 2018
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MickyC1984
March 25, 2018|
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Response from BasilicaKoekelberg | Property representative |
Hi! There's a mass every week day at 9'00 AM (in french on monday, tuesday, thurday ,friday, and saturday in Dutch on wednesday. On sunday, 10'00 (french) and 11'30 (bilingual frenh-dutch)
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shigsd
November 5, 2017|
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Response from BasilicaKoekelberg | Property representative |
Hi Rodella, There's a touristic bus line passing by, and you can also take the metro (station Simonis/Elizabeth)! Don't hesitate to send us a mail for any further info: tourism@basilicakoekelberg.be
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