Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Chapelle (Chapel Church), Brussels

Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Chapelle (Chapel Church), Brussels

Standing at the northern end of the Marolles district, with its distinctive black roof easily visible from various parts of the city, the Chapel Church showcases a harmonious fusion of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Believed to have originated in the 12th century as a Benedictine abbey, it became a central feature of medieval Brussels as the surrounding neighborhood thrived. Following a devastating partial fire in the 15th century, it was reconstructed in the Gothic style, now featuring a Baroque bell tower dating from the 18th century.

Notably, the church is renowned for being the final resting place of Francois Anneessens, a historic figure from Brussels who paid the ultimate price for advocating civil rights. Additionally, there is a small memorial near the confessional dedicated to Pieter Bruegel the Elder's memory. Often referred to as the "Peasant Bruegel", he was a Flemish painter and printmaker celebrated for his captivating landscape and scenes of peasant life. Interestingly, he earned the nickname "Peasant Bruegel" because he would disguise himself as a peasant to gain access to lower-class weddings and festivities, drawing inspiration for his future artworks.

Today, the Chapel Church serves as a Polish Catholic parish, welcoming both local worshipers and visitors year-round.

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Sight Name: Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Chapelle (Chapel Church)
Sight Location: Brussels, Belgium (See walking tours in Brussels)
Sight Type: Religious
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