St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), Brussels
(4.5/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
Dedicated to the patron saints of Brussels, St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) cuts an imposing figure in the historic city center. It is co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels, along with St. Rumbold's Cathedral in Mechelen. The cathedral's two terraced spires reach 64 m (210 ft) tall and were designed by Jan van Ruysbroeck, the same architect responsible for the tower of the city's town hall. Inside, visit the mausoleums of the dukes of Brabant and Archduke Ernest of Austria. Admire the way the sunlight hits the cathedral's stained-glass windows. The cathedral contains a massive organ with 4,300 pipes. Plan to visit St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Brussels attractions using our Brussels family vacation planner.
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  • Worth the visit! The cathedral is short walk from the central station or the grand palace and an impressive structure. 
  • Example of Gothic architecture. Whether you are a believer or not... it is a superb monument! (and free)
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  • Beautiful Cathedral, she reminds of Notre Dame de Paris in smaller. The night lighting is magnificent, not to be missed!
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  • Where: St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral - Brussels What: A Cathedral near Brussel central station How was it: The details in the architecture is mesmerizing. Everything about it captures your attention, from the statues to the structures around. It's nice to be at the top of the stairs looking down at the city. Especially in autumn with all the leaves changing colours. If we recall correctly we did go inside. Grade: Eli = 4, Serge = 4 Recommend: Yeah, nice to see and admire from outside as well as inside.
  • Magnificent example of late Gothic architecture of northern Europe. The verticality typical of this kind of buildings is gathered from the beginning, even from a distance, in the classical façade surrounded by two high side towers that catches the visitor's eye to the lack of the typical central rose window, replaced by a polifera, more characteristic of the genre Brabant. Coming from one of the three splayed doors leads to a traditional Latin cross with three naves, whose sides are a succession of picturesque chapels. Simply fascinating is the magnificent play of light and color in the sunny spring and summer days that light, thanks to the large stained-glass windows, the interior of the church, going to draw the curious play of light and reflections on the pillars, the beams and the statues adorning these richly cathedral. Absolutely a must-see for every citizen tours, being also a short walk from Grand Place and Brussels Centraal Station. Another interesting evening, with expertly lit facade! @gargio76
  • Amazingly beautiful cathedral. It's huge and in a good condition. Take your time marveling at especially the organ that hangs from the ceiling.
  • Beautiful impressive cathedral. The architecture is very impressive and there is an impressive organ built hanging on the wall Have to come and visit this site!
  • Wonderful got his architecture. The cathedral is as beautiful inside as outside. Don't hesitate to go inside since its free.