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. To visit St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) on your holiday in Brussels, and find out what else Brussels has to offer, use our Brussels holiday planner .
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  • Imposing building and you can visit the interior without paying anything (if you want to go down to see the structure has to go through a couple of turnstiles and pay about 2 euros). The interior has a souvenir shop, several areas of the Church and can pay to ascend a candle, too.
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  • The cathedral is stunning, the design and architecture it’s out of this world The craftsmanship that is in every inch of the building is beautiful I found the history, the story, the atmosphere someth...  more »
  • We had a 7 hour layover at Brussels airport so we took the train into the city center. This cathedral was my number one site to see and it’s very close to the central train station. It’s very beautifu...  more »
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  • Monumental. It makes you think about the past and how ready they were to create such architectural pieces to carry their beliefs. The patience for detail manifests itself in each step you take around it. Worth seeing, especially because it's free to enter and not far from the central station (so can be done as a break while waiting for your next train).
  • beautiful church with a nice garden. But why are there many homeless sitting just outside the church? i think i spotted 2 or 3. Made us feel uncomfortable walking around the church.
  • Impressive building. One of the main place to visit in Brussels. Close to all other attractions.
  • Really awesome cathedral. Very beautiful on the inside and outside. You can spend literally hours just sitting there and admiring all the awesome artwork inside. And best of all? It's all free of charge (with the possibility of donations which I recommend doing).
  • The landmark of Brussels. Fantastic cathedral with awesome stained glass windows, altars and features. Must visit of in Brussels and some good views and picture spots too.

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It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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