Brussels Churches: Historical and Spiritual Landmarks
Brussels churches offer a glimpse into the historical and spiritual past of the city.
Like every European city, Brussels has beautiful catherdrals and churches built hundreds of years ago.
This page features some of the more prominent churches in downtown Brussels with basic descriptions and information.
Cathedral Saint Michael
Travel to any European city - large or small - and you'll find that churches are often at the center of the city. Brussels' Cathedral Saint Michael is no exception.
Located just a few minutes walk from the Grand Place and Central Station, the white Gothic church rises against a backdrop of business buildings.
Having been a part of Brussels history for more than 1,000 years, Cathedral Saint Michael connects Brussels present with Brussels past. Both locals and tourists frequent the quiet respite during the day and enjoy regular services on the weekends.
The church offers several tours, taking you back to a Brussels that was Romanesque and medieval.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
One of the most visible landmarks in Brussels, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart was constructed in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Belgian independence. Known as the 'National Basilica of Belgium', it's a basilica that almost didn't get built. In fact, construction began in 1905 when King Leopold II himself laid the first stone. But World War I and funding problems delayed completion until the late 1960's...taking some 60 years to finish construction.
Located in the Koekelberg suburb in western Brussels, the Basilica's distinctive green dome makesit hard to miss. With a nod to the Brussels art deco theme, the interior of the church is done in 1930's Art Deco.
Visitors to the Basilica can climb up into the dome and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view ofthe city.
Address: Basiliekvoorplein/Parvis de la Basilique 1 in Koekelberg
Nearest metro station: Simonis
General Basilica Hours: Summer: 8 am - 6 pm; Winter: 8 am-5 pm
Basilica Dome Hours: Summer: 9 am - 5 pm; Winter: 10 am - 4 pm
Costs: 3 euros for adults; 2.50 euros for groups with 10 or more visitors