Basilique de Koekelberg, Brussels

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    Basilique on Top

    by Goldenboy Written Jul 2, 2005
    Basilique during winter

    Basiliek van het Heilig Hart or Basiliek van Koekelberg) is the fifth largest church. Built in art deco style, its located on the territory of the Koekelberg Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium. It was built to remember the 75th anniversary of the Belgian independence.
    King Leopold II of the Belgians (Louis Philippe Marie Victor) laid the first stone in 1905 and the edifice was completed in 1971, in 89m high and 167m long.

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    City hall

    by silwil Updated Oct 19, 2005
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    Brussels City Hall is situated on "la grand place" and is an exeptional building b'cause it wasn't build right.
    The architect didn't place the tower in the middle like he intended.
    When construction was finished he killed himself, he jumped of the tower.

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    Basilica of the Sacred Heart

    by ayesh Written Oct 17, 2002

    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.

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    A unique view on Brussels

    by raniou Written Oct 21, 2002

    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.

    Opening Hours:
    Summer: 9 am to 5 pm
    Winter: 10 am to 4 pm

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    Basiliek van Koekelberg

    by OlafS Written Mar 25, 2003

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    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.

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    The National Basilica of...

    by littlesam1 Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Basilica of Koekelberg

    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.

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