St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), Brussels

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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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  • August 17, 2017
    The first thing that draws the attention of this enormous Cathedral is its facade which is at the top of a hill, inside is very beautiful and worth a detailed visit.
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  • August 16, 2017
    I've visited several places of worship all over Europe and in my opinion this cathedral has the most beautiful stained glass I've ever seen. Definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    If the title is fairly recent, since the Church is now dedicated to the Saints Michel and Gudule has been elevated to Cathedral until 1962 (with the title of Cathedral of Saint Michel), a church dedicated to Saint Michael existed in this place probably in the 9th century, with a chapel which later become the Roman Church and that were transported in the 11th century the relics of Saint Gúdula. The current church, Gothic style, began with the construction of the choir in 1226, to be completed in the following centuries and now become the most important religious building in the Belgian capital, and a privileged place for Royal Weddings and other religious ceremonies related to the ruling families. Some important works of embellishment have returned along the 80 years of the last century the new image of the building, which is fully restored and allows visitors to learn about its history from its origins. Among the many points of interest suggest that it is not lost:-the organ, an immense instrument with 4300 tubes and four keyboards, allowing you to play all kinds of music for organ composition,-the archaeological part, that thanks to recent research, allows to visit the remains of the structure over time from the first remains from the 10th century -glass windows, unique and worthy of the classical tradition. A few steps from the Grand Place, the Cathedral is worth a visit in any case.
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  • July 2, 2017
    DOV:20Feb2014 St Michael Cathedral is about 500 years old, and still beautiful cathedral in Brussels and a great tourist location. Its built it Gothic architecture and completely marble white. This has free entry and you are also free to take photographs here. The interior design is simple but beautiful.
  • May 1, 2017
    Loved the church. It's free entry and also they dont restrict you to take photo. Was lucky to catch their luminous display. A must to visit!
  • June 13, 2017
    Wow. Very awe inspiring. Amazing relics in the treasure room. Worth seeing.
  • June 2, 2017
    Wonderful gothic cathedral with modern religous art displays. If you like stained glass, this is a great place to see large beautiful pieces.
  • April 17, 2017
    Very beautiful church with impressive architecture. It's possible to visit its catacombs by a reasonable price. Worth seeing!

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