There has been a church on this site since the 11th century. Work began on this Gothic Cathedral in 1225 and continued over a period of 300 years. The 2 front towers werte completed at the beginning of the 16th century.
The Cathedral is made of sandy limestone brought from local quarries. Fully restored and cleaned in the 1990s it now looks splendid. The twin towers can be seen from many parts of Brussels.
Located on Parvis Ste-Gudule just north of metro Gare Centrale. www.cathedralestmichel.be
The Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula is a Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mechelen. Like many people, I like to visit beautiful buildings when travelling and, of course, photograph them. When it comes to religious buildings, I only photograph after I have checked there isn't a sign to say otherwise or alternatively, if there is someone to ask, I do so. This I did at the Cathedral to be told no photographs.
Now, it could easily have been a misunderstanding of my question which got the "no" response but, please, please, before you start clicking away, check that the owners or protectors of the building are happy for this to happen, especially in buildings of a religious nature. Respect the requests of the people who worship in the building you have taken such a liking to.
Fondest memory: Beautiful buildings with great chocolate on the side!
I visited the Saint Michael and Saint Gudula Cathedral which was located on a top of a hill called Treurenberg hill between lower and upper town. It's the main church of Brussels where Belgian kings and dukes were baptised, married, crowned and burried.
The cathedral looked very impressive especially from the outside. I remember a very decorative baroque interiors as well.
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It is unknown when the Cathedral is built, but it seems to be established around 1000 a.d. Current building construction started in 1226.
Situated : Sint Goedele voorplein.
Is in the Brabant Gothic style, it was originally Romanesque, but later converted.
Favorite thing: Brussels Cathedral, a large impressive building. The interior is beautiful however respecting the wishes of the church I did not take any photographs of the interior. There are displays inside of the pope's visit. Also many of the more influential family had their own pews which are richly decorated. You can also see the foundations where a much older building stood.