Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon, Brussels

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 (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

    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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    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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    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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    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 older church of Brussels

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Aug 13, 2003

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    Amazing colours sparkling inside the church.

    The "Kleine Zavel" / "Peteite Sablon" church is one of the noldest churches in Brussels and it's interior will bring you back to the ages that this must have been a true place of devotion for all inhabitants of the town. The mahnificent glass-in-led windows are the main attraction, but the fine Gothic works on the outside should never be forgotten.
    The full name of the church is actually "Our dear lady of Zavel" in which "Zavel is an old Dutch word for "Sand".

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    Sablon Church

    by Mahieu Written Jul 8, 2003

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    The Our-Lady-of-the-Sablon church dominates the Sablon Square in the center of Brussels. The Sablon area is nowadays the exclusive antique shop area of Brussels with its many art galleries, busy cafés and restaurants.
    In 1304 the Brussels guild of Archers, had a little chapel built here in honor of the Holy Virgin. Due to the statue of the Madonna, which was believed to be miraculous, the chapel started to attract a lot of pilgrims. Around 1450 it was decided to transform the chapel into a beautiful gothic church.
    Inside the church you can admire some beautiful windows.

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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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    Église Notre Dame du Sablon, Part I

    by von.otter Updated May 1, 2012

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    ��glise Notre Dame du Sablon, Bruxelles, May 2011
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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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