Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon, Brussels

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    A stunning church.

    by Askla Updated Dec 9, 2012

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    The church seen from place du Petit Sablon.
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    Notre-Dame du Sablon is a real gem, probably the lovliest Gothic church in Brussels. It was built in the 14 and 15th centuries. Inside you can see 14 metres high stained-glass windows.

    Open M-F 9-18, Sa-Su 10-18.
    The admission is free.

    (The picture on my Intro page shows statues at the entrance of the church.)

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    Cathedral in Petit Sablou 1950

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 17, 2012

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    This is another of my dad's photos. I don't remember this church or the surrounding park. It is a late Gothic church and at the time we were there, I really didn't (and still am not too sure) know what Gothic meant. It was paid for by the Guild of Crossbowmen. That explains the different guild statues outside in the park. There is a legend associated with the church that says that in 1348 Beatrijs Soetkins received a vision from the Holy Mother asking Beatrijs to steal a statue of the Madonna from a church in Antwerp and to bring it over to the Sablon chapel in Brussels. Which she apparently did.

    A big restoration of the church was started in 1999 and is now apparently complete.

    Hours Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6:30pm
    Transportation Tram: 92 or 94 to Petit Sablon

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    Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon

    by zadunajska8 Updated Aug 19, 2012

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    Legend would tell us that a young girl in Antwerp had a vision of the Virgin Mary which instructed her to take her statue to Brussels. The girl, Beatrijs Soetkins, then carried the statue of the Virgin to Brussels down the Senne river by boat and gave it to the new chapel built by the Archers' guild on this hill, the Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon was born and rapidly became a place of pilgrimage. Work to enlarge the church began in 1400 but due to lack of funds did not finish until 1550. All that remains of the tale of the young girl today are two carvings of a girl in a boat, since the statue was destroyed in 1565.

    Charles the Bold married Margaret of York here in 1473 (work on the expansion was still in progress at the time).

    The interior of the church is dark and intimate and much more immediately appealing than the Cathédrale Sts Michel et Gudule nearby

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    Architectural delight

    by Gillybob Updated Jul 9, 2012

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    The Our Lady of the Sablon Church (Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon) is a wonderful building in itself. With intricate carvings at its entrance, this building is very pleasing on the eye.

    This late Gothic church is noted for its 4-fold gallery with brightly coloured stained-glass windows which are in striking contrast to the monochromic Gothic arches and walls. Also worth seeing are the two Baroque chapels decorated with funeral symbols in white marble.

    Inside the church is a celebrated statue of Saint Hubert with an interesting history - stories vary on what route was taken for this statue but the church is its ultimate resting point.

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    Église Notre Dame du Sablon, Part IV

    by von.otter Written May 1, 2012

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    “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”
    — Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), native Belgian, born in Brussels

    Église de Nôtre-Dame du Sablon, a Catholic church in the heart of Brussels, is a jaw-dropping example of Gothic architecture. In addition to religious services, Nôtre-Dame du Sablon also hosts concerts.

    Église de Notre Dame du Sablon (Church of Our Lady of Sablon) is a Late Gothic church standing in an upscale area of Brussels, a few blocks south of Grand-Place and southwest of Place Royal. It has a long history; the original church, really a small chapel, was built in 1304. The city’s Guild of Crossbowmen donated money for the construction of the chapel; it was their place of worship. Emperor Charles V and other monarchs attended Mass here. Until 1784 Notre Dame du Sablon was a popular burial site for the well-to-do, some of whom built their own funeral chapels with them. One of such private chapels within the church belonged to a prominent Brussels family, von Turn und Taxis family, who established the world’s first international postal system in the 16th century.

    Not only does Notre Dame du Sablon inspire wonder from the outside, but the interior is worth a visit too. Its four-fold gallery, with richly colored stained-glass windows that contrast strikingly with the gray-white Gothic arches and walls is stunning.

    The church is open daily 08:00 to 18:00.

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    Église Notre Dame du Sablon, Part III

    by von.otter Written May 1, 2012

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    “We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world”
    — Rene Magritte (1898-1967) Belgian Surrealist artist

    The Sablon Church is one of the most beautiful and intimate Gothic churches in Brussels and an excellent example of Brabantine Gothic style. During the Middle Ages, the church had been surrounded by houses. In the second half of the 19th century the houses around the church were demolished during the urbanization projects of Leopold II.

    Inside the church, its beautiful stained glass windows can be admired, as well as the private chapel of a well-to-do Brussels family, von Thurn und Taxis, who established an European international postal.

    Until the end of the 13th century the Sablon area was barely populated, laying just outside the 12th century city walls. In 1304 the Brussels Guild of Archers built a little chapel here dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The Guild of Archers transformed the chapel into a major Gothic church from 1436 until the beginning of the 16th century. A tower was planned but never constructed.

    The church is open daily 08:00 to 18:00.

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    Église Notre Dame du Sablon, Part II

    by von.otter Written May 1, 2012

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    “People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”
    — Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) Belgian native, born in Bruxelles

    Église Notre Dame du Sablon (Church of Our Lady of Sablon) has found a new lease on life after 10 years of restoration. Begun in 1999, the work has restored one of the most beautiful architectural monuments in Bruxelles. The restoration was aimed at the building’s façade, its stained glass windows, its sculptures, and other outside decorations. This parish church hs escaped destruction during successive wars that crossed its 600 years of history, in particular during the 16th-century religious wars.

    This flamboyant late-Gothic church, dating from around 1400 to 1594 was paid for by the city’s Guild of Crossbowmen, who called it Notre-Dame des Victoires (Our Lady of Victories). It was the church where guild members met for Mass. The church houses a statue of St. Hubert with an interesting history. It was stolen from Brussels and taken to Antwerp; in 1348 it was returned to the Church, where it has remained.

    The church is open daily 08:00 to 18:00.

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    Église Notre Dame du Sablon, Part I

    by von.otter Updated May 1, 2012

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    “How strangely do we diminish a thing as soon as we try to express it in words.”
    — Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian Nobel Prize winner for Literature, 1911)

    Église Notre Dame du Sablon (Church of Our Lady of Sablon) built in the 15th and 16th centuries in the Late Gothic style is noted for its four-fold gallery with brightly colored stained-glass windows (illuminated from the inside at night). These splashes of color make a striking contrast with the gray-white Gothic arches and walls.

    Our Lady of Sablon Church dominates the Sablon Square in the center of Brussels. Today, the Sablon area is known for its antique shops as well as other shops, art galleries, cafés and restaurants.

    The church is open daily 08:00 to 18:00.

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    The Church of Our Lady on the Sablon

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Church of Our Lady on the Sablon is also known as Notre Dame du Sablon. My little guide book which I bought inside describes it as "An Artistic Treasure - truely a shrine of stone carefully restored" The architecture is Gothic and Tertiary, the Church was commissioned in the early 15th. century by the Brussels Guild of Archers and for me was a joy to behold. The almost white gleaming stone work with its many detailed statues of Saints draws you closer and could truely take your breath away. Our Lady is not the biggest Church in Brussels but for me the most beautiful. If only all Churches could be cleaned and restored with dedication and love our lifes would be so much richer.
    The Church is open Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 18.00 Saturday and Sundays 10.00am till 18.00 visits are free although donations are always welcome.

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    Church of Our Lady

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After taking pictures of the beautiful exterior of the Church of our Lady on the Sablon we came back the next day a bit earlier with a lot more sunshine. I'm so glad we did, the interior of the Church is a little dark because renovations are now taking place inside so really we only saw half a church. The highlight for me was the aspe with its magnificent seven windows telling the story of the life of the Virgin Mary. This is pictured in the upper windows, the lower ones are of the Patron Saints drawn with the coat of arms of the donors. The Church has a legend which tells of the Statue of Our Lady who previously was in a Church in Antwerp but because the people of the city no longer paid attention to her and lacked devotion she was brought to Brussels. The pious people of the Church re named her the Queen of Heaven and believed she had miraculous powers. I don't know if any of this is true but I did buy a post card of her from the little shop and before leaving offered her a little prayer.

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    A Marian legend.

    by Askla Written Aug 3, 2010
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    The legend has it that the people of Antwerp didn't pay any attention to the statue of Maria so it was decided that the statue should be taken to Brussels instead. After it had been restored it was safely placed on a boat, which was, due to legend, moved forward by means of angels breath providing wind. When in Brussels the statue was placed in a newly built chapel on the Horse Market. This is said to have happened in 1348 when the Black Death was on its hight of killing power, so the people started to venerate the statue to get some relief in their dispair.
    Nowadays we can see the picture of the statue on the special candles used to commemorate our dead.

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  • Notre Dame du Sablon

    by sabsi Updated Jul 4, 2008

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    Notre Dame du Sablon

    Notre Dame du Sablon is a beautiful Church in the antiques quarter of Brussels. Inside there are some colourful glass windows which are really beautiful.

    I like the whole area up here, The Sablon, there are some great shops to explore (fantastic chocolate shops ... oh and Antiques!), nice bars and the view of the city - preferably in the fog on a winter's day - is great as well.

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    Notre Dame du Sablon

    by rcsparty Written Nov 10, 2007

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    This church was commissioned in the 1400's. The outside is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture, and while the inside is not spectacular, the stained glass windows are well worth a look. There is also a nice park outside the church, which occasionally holds an antique market.

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  • Enjoy Chocolates at Sablon

    by EuroCoin Written Nov 7, 2007

    The Sablon squares have a very nice church which you should see. However, Sablon is also well known for its chocolate and antique shops.
    The top chocolatiers are located here. Go, have a look and taste! it's really delicious.
    Big names are Godiva, Pierre Marcolini, Neuhaus and more...
    The Sablon square is a very charming place. It reminds me a little bit of Bruges in fact. So if you're in Brussels and have no time to visit Bruges, visit Sablon instead !

    ... and also: there's this very nice blog by an employee of one of the top Belgium chocolatiers... it gives the inside story, really fun. See francescochocolatiers.blogspot.com

    Cheers :-)

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    Notre Dame du Sablon

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    Work on this lovely little church was first started in 1304 with financial aid from the city's archers, and in 1348 it recieved a statue of the Virgin Mary from Antwerp which made the Virgin cult blossom as the statue was said to have healing properties, and a 16th century expansion became necessary. Ever since then the church has been one of the major examples of the Brussels version of late Gothic architecture. The famous annual Ommegang procession (see local tip) now starts here.

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