St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels

St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, Brussels (must see)

The dramatic St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral is located at Treurenberg Hill. The presence of a church at this location dates back to the beginning of the 11th century. In 1047, Lambert II, the Duke of Brabant, had the relics of St. Gudula transferred to this site. The original St. Gudula church was constructed in a Romanesque style; however, a renovation in the 13th century resulted in a Gothic style appearance. Glimpses of the 11th-century church can be seen through glass viewing areas set into the floor. The western facade of the cathedral was completed in the late 1400s. The large staircase leads to three gates by which visitors can enter. The interior is dominated by twelve pillars and detailed stained-glass windows accentuating the Gothic style. The window at the bottom of the nave, The Last Judgment, is illuminated from within in the evening. A dramatic baroque pulpit depicts Adam and Eve being chased out of paradise. It was created by Verbruggen in 1699 and has ornate detail. Ongoing renovations occurred throughout much of the 20th century. The renovations were completed in December 1999, just in time for the marriage of the Belgian Crown Price, Philippe, to his bride, Princess Mathilda. The south tower includes a carillon composed of 49 bells, which are often played during Sunday concerts.

Why You Should Visit:
Some monumental architecture but also stands out for the stained glass windows and the relatively new organ perched above everyone's heads to maximize the acoustics.

Tip:
When you first walk in, take a leaflet which provides info about the cathedral's origin and details. This way, you'll have more appreciation for what you're looking at.
There's no admission fee to the cathedral but there is a tiny fee if you want to see the archaeological site beneath the existing floors inside the church.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral on Map

Sight Name: St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral
Sight Location: Brussels, Belgium
Sight Type: Religious
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