Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Koekelberg

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#9 of 39 in Historic Sites in Brussels
Discover the center of the Catholic community at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, a church that is just the beginning of a network of buildings that make up the community. The attraction serves as part of a complex that includes a chapel, a Catholic radio station, two museums, two theaters, and a restaurant, while the church itself is a blend of neoclassical and art deco architecture. Services at the basilica are held in both Dutch and French, and you are welcome to participate or observe. Compared to the magnificent exterior, the interior decor is modest and expansive, but take note of the stained glass windows and murals. Consider a climb up to the dome for a view over the city. You'll pay a small admission fee that is used for the church's upkeep. Before you head to Brussels, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Brussels vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Brussels has to offer, including Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Located in the periphery of the city and a park at his feet, this huge Temple is not very attractive for its exterior and what is striking in its interior are its huge dimensions, you can climb to the dome for 5 euros, although the views not worth much. Only recommend a visit if you have time of leftovers in Brussels.
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  • August 16, 2017
    It's a beautiful church with stained glass real pretty, somewhat resembles the Basilica of our Lady of aparecida in aparecida SP.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The visit is worth the look and especially the views of Brussels in 360 degrees from the top of the Basilica. Not to be missed.
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  • June 14, 2017
    Must see! It's definitely out of the way but you can walk there from the metro in about 15 minutes. There is also a park opposite. The architecture is stunning and the church is so big that it took me 10 minutes just to walk around it. The interior was also beautiful. Highly recommend.
  • April 8, 2017
    Five stars for the views from the top, 3 stars for the church itself. It's a massive structure, although I'm not really a fan of the drab modern interior - the brickwork reminds me of the walls of a school. Prettier from the outside. Well worth the €5 to get to the roof
  • July 5, 2017
    Very beautiful and huge! Free entry but 5€ p. P. To go upstairs
  • May 6, 2017
    It is one of the most beautiful and architectural cathedral details, old and precious building, it has outstanding, breathtaking location which over viewing on the Brussels, inside the building is most beautiful, brick wall and circular ceiling architecture have nice big space atmosphere
  • April 10, 2017
    This is amazing massive building. Nice interior, beautiful place, park is close.

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