Basilique de Koekelberg, Brussels
The Koekelberg ranks fifth among the world's largest churches.
At height of 52,80m, right under the Dome an external gallery allows you to discover a most breath-taking view of Brussels.
Summer: 9 am to 5 pm
Winter: 10 am to 4 pm
Although it is also a well-known feature of the capital of Belgium, I must say that I do not find this church very attractive. But I would like to mention it anyway, because it is an important building in the skyline of Brussels.
You can always see the dome of the Basilica to the west, standing on one of the hills surrounding the center of the city.
The Basilica was built to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Belgian independence. King Leopold II laid the first stone In 1905. The plan was to make a gigantic neo-Gothic church on the Koekelberg, but these plans were put to a hold at the beginning of WW I. By the time construction resumed, a new architect, named Van Nuffel, was asked to construct a modern house of prayer. The style was thus changed the style from neo-Gothic to art deco. Donations were the only funds the constructors had and were not always sufficient. The church was therefore finished between 1960-1970. They dedicated it to the War Victories of 1918 and 1944.
THE BASILICA OF THE HOLY HEART
The Basilica of the Holy Heart at Koekelberg dominates Brussels from a hill at the Westernmost part of town. Building was started in 1905 and was not finished until 1970.
You can see it from the highway, it is huge! And when you're getting closer it seems to increase!! It is the 5th biggest in the world!!
Once inside... amazing, isn't it??
Also you can get one of the most marvellous views of Brussels!
This enormous building is Belgium's national church. I didn't even get close to it, so I enlarged a bit of a picture I took while in the car.
The National Basilica of Koekelberg
Also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. It was originally intended as a symbol of unification. Construction began in 1935 and continued until 1979.