Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon, Brussels

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    Visit Our Lady of the Sandbank

    by DanielF Updated Feb 22, 2007

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    This area of Brussels used to be a large sandy plain. A small chapel existed here before the church we can see today. When a miracle-making statue of the Virgin was brought from Antwerp to this chapel in the XIV century, more and more crowds rallied here, so it was decided to tear it down and build a new sumptuous church in the then fashionable Brabant Gothic style.

    Our Lady of the Sandbank is considered by many, including myself, as the most beautiful church in Brussels. Towerless and not overwhelming in size, it is a really charming and sheltering place. The surrounding area is also amongst the most appealing in the city.

    The church has been hidden behing scaffolding for many years, but now the main portal and the façade in front of the Petit Sablon have finally been unveiled.

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    A Delicately Wrought Stone Shrine

    by viddra Updated Oct 23, 2005

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    The Church of Our Lady on the Sablon, built in 1304, is considered to be the most beautiful Gothic church in Belgium.

    According to a legend, a woman called Beate Soetkens brought a miraculous statue here in 1348.

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    Onze Lieve Vrouw ter Zavel church

    by irisbe Written Nov 1, 2004

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    Our Lady's church at the Sablon/Zavel

    Often the Flemish names seems to be overlooked so I hope you don't mind if I add them at random. I am pretty sure it must be confusing for any visitor this bilingualism. Believe me if you are not from Brussels, it even is to us :)

    This nice church you can find on the Sablon/Zavel and is along with the Saint Goedele Saint Michaels cathredral one of the two significant remainders of the Brabant Gothic. It was build on a kind of sandy hill (sand = zavel).

    At Christmas time the whole square in front of the church is decorated with little lamps in the trees. I like this maybe more then the kitsch decoration on the Grand Place :_

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    Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon

    by SnoopySue Written Aug 24, 2004

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    Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon is situated on famous Sablon Square just a minute from everything. The construction of this great gothic church was finished in XVIth century. On the opposite side (the place I took this photo) is the Park of the Petit sablon – one of the most romantic places in Brussels (locals told me that) especially ideal for those falling in love!

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    Egmont and Hoorne

    by Imbi Updated May 13, 2004

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    The Sablonn Square
    In the middle of the Sablonn Square, there are statues of two heros, the counts of Egmont and Hoorne. Both were fighting for the freedom and thoughts and ultimately both were executed in 1568 by the order of Spanish Philip II.


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    The Sablonn Square

    by Imbi Written May 12, 2004

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    The Sablonn Square is really appreciated by antique-lover and it is encircled by forty eight sculptures and they all represent people from the different walk of life. In first glance you would think that they are just statues but if you look it in details you could see these traders.


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    The loveliest Gothic Church in Brussels (3)

    by Christophe_Ons Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    The wonderful interior of the Notre Dame au Sablon

    "Symbols and signs are a bridge between the things visible and things invisible" ... yet the shrines, paintings, murals, stained glass, statues and memorials in the Notre Dame au Sablon cover lots of Brussels-related historical ground as well. Aside from the themes you'll find in most catholic churches, some other examples include :

    -stained glass : dubbing of a knight of the order of the Holy Sepulchure
    -painting : Saint Mary with 4 members of the crossbow guild
    -altar : Saint Wivina, a local religious woman (1170), prioress of Bijgaarde Abbey near Brussels
    -Another, unique feature of this chruch are the triangular, gilded or polychrome ornamented spaces between the upper curves of all wall arches (visible in the picture).

    admission : free; opening hours :
    9am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-6pm Sat-Sun
    Services : 6pm Mon-Sat, 11am,12:15pm, 6pm Sun

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    The loveliest Gothic Church in Brussels (2)

    by Christophe_Ons Written Apr 18, 2004

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    entrance of the Notre Dame au Sablon

    The carved stonework at the entrance of the Notre Dame au Sablon is striking, and as this is the recently renovated side of the church, it looks fantastic. It reminds me of the facade of the town hall of my home town Leuven - another building which is considered among the best examples of "Brabantse neo-Gothiek" (see my Leuven pages). Many buildings like this one went through several stages of (re-) construction, or suffered severe damage at some point. For example, the Notre Dame au Sablon was Baroque in appearance at one point. The Neo-Gothic restaurations date back to 1865-1934.

    admission : free; opening hours :
    9am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-6pm Sat-Sun
    Services : 6pm Mon-Sat, 11am,12:15pm, 6pm Sun

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    The loveliest Gothic Church in Brussels

    by Christophe_Ons Updated Apr 18, 2004

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    Le Notre Dame au Sablon

    Le Sablon is the area southwest of the Royal Quarter. In between the squares Place du Grand Sablon and Place du Petit Sablon, where initially was a sandy hill with a chapel in the 14th century, stands the Church Of Our Lady Le Sablon - built in the 15th-16th century. It is one of the finest pieces of Gothic architecture in Belgium. The etxerior (at least, one side) is currently under renovation.
    Step inside to marvel at the exquisite 14 metre high stained glass windows - even remnants of ancient windows have been assembled in some cases - which are illuminated from the inside at night.

    admission : free; opening hours :
    9am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-6pm Sat-Sun
    Services : 6pm Mon-Sat, 11am,12:15pm, 6pm Sun

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    CHURCH-Nothe-Dame Au Sablon

    by belgianchocolate Updated Apr 17, 2004

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    This church is one of the finest
    remaining
    examples of Brabant Gothic in Belgium.

    Have a closer look at the entrance...
    the bow above the door is excessively
    decorated with statues and a little gothic
    tower in the middle.

    First thing you'll see are the flags and shields
    painted on the wall from important (read rich)
    Brussels families.
    The church on the inside isn't spectacular
    but very nice and in good proportion.

    If you like stained-glass windows you'll have
    to visit this church. When the sun is chining
    they look spectacular.
    11 stained-glass windows each 14m high.

    Make a walk to the back of the church ,
    there are also wood carvings under the organ.

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    The Our Lady of Sablon Church

    by filipdebont Written Mar 3, 2004

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    Zavelkerk/ Eglise Sablon

    As I walked further on along the Regentschapstraat, I encountered the big church at the Zavel (Sablon). It was the Our Lady of Sablon Church.

    The church was partly covered with scaffoldings because of the restoring.

    Bad time to visit on a Sunday morning, as the service was going on it was forbidden to walk around (which is completely normal).

    This church is a real beauty. The construction took more then a century (1400-1549).

    As I could not visit the church at the inside I walked around to see all the sides of this great church, and like this I arrived at the Zavel (Sablon) where an antiques market was going on.

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    Church Onze Lieve Vrouw ten Zavel

    by OlafS Updated Feb 20, 2004

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    Brussels: Zavelkerk

    That's a bit of a shame; the facade of this church is completely hidden from view. Restorations have to be done though. But restorations have been fateful for this church before; in the 1870's this church from the 15th century was turned into something which was supposed to look like a Gothic church, doing unrepairable damage to the church. A falsification, yes. But a nice one.

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    Brabant Gothic masterpiece

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 27, 2003

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    TOP  OF  THE  FRONT  FACADE  OF  SABLON CHURCH

    I liked a lot old architectural details and especially the top of the front facade of a church called the Sablon church (Englise Notre Dame du Sablon) located on Sablon Square in a center/downtown of Brussels.

    The church was built in 15th and 16th century and was a beautiful example of a style called Brabant Gothic. As you can see on my picture this style had nothing similar to "classical" and asthetic early gothic of say 12 - 14th c. churches.

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    Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon

    by Marcos_Ar Written Sep 7, 2003

    The Church of Our Lady of Sablon is located on the Petit Sablon, that is a part of Sablon district. It isn't far away at all of Grand'Place.

    It has nice architecture and a gorgeous interior. On Fridays there is a market outside.

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    Brussels Our lady from the Zavel church and square

    by speed4turtles Updated Aug 25, 2003

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    Our lady from the Zavel church

    The Our-Lady-of-the-Sablon church, or shorter Sablon Church, dominates the Sablon Square in the center of Brussels. The Sablon area is nowadays the exclusive antiques shop area of Brussels with its many shops, art galleries, busy cafés and restaurants.

    Until the end of the 13th century the Sablon was a scarcely populated area just outside the 12th century city walls. In 1304, however, the Brussels guild of Archers, had a little chapel built here in honor of the Holy Virgin.

    The little chapel very soon turned into a major pilgrimage site. In 1348 a pious woman called Beatrijs Soetkins received a vision from the Holy Mother. She asked Beatrijs to steal a statue of the Madonna from a church in Antwerp and to bring it over to the Sablon chapel in Brussels. It was soon believed that the statue was miraculous, which, of course, started to attract flocks of pilgrims to the Sablon.

    By order of the Guild of Archers the chapel was then transformed into a major gothic church from 1436 until the beginning of the 16th century. A tower was planned but never constructed.

    Even today, the Sablon church is one of the most beautiful and intimate gothic churches in Brussels and a true example of brabantine gothic style.

    The Sablon church used to be surrounded by houses, as was the case with most churches in medieval Europe. In the second half of the 19th century the houses around the church were demolished during the urbanization projects of King Leopold II, which entirely transformed the Sablon Area.

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