St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral in Brussels

St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral  in Brussels

Near the historic square Grand Place in the centre of Brussels, there is located another historical landmark that is frequently photographed. It is the St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral, sacred to two Brussels patrons and protectors. The temple is considered as one of the jewels of Gothic architecture. The Cathedral is easy to find because it is located in the Treurenberg hill right at the point where Brussels is divided into Upper and Lower Town.

 

Origin interior of St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral in Brussels corresponded to Romanesque style, that was the style of the origin St. Gudula church. Origin relics of the church are still part of the crypt. Later Gothic rebuilding took place in the 13th century. 12 large pillars and stained glass windows dominate the interior that emphasizes later Gothic style . The pulpit with the motive of expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, from 1699, is the work of the Flemish Baroque sculptor Hendrik Frans Verbruggen.

 

The relics of St. Gudula are stored in the cathedral and there is also an altar of the Archangel Michael. St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral in Brussels is today the seat of the Archbishop of Mechelen. Belgian Crown Prince Philippe and his bride Princess Mathilda were married there in December 1999.

 

St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral in Brussels is open to the public, the entrance to the nave of the cathedral is free. Admission is charged for the entrance to the Romanesque crypt, the remains of a Romanesque church and cathedral treasury. You can also visit the regular Masses on Sundays.

28.4.2008 | Prague guide | Cities |
St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral  in Brussels
St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral  in Brussels
St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral  in Brussels
St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral  in Brussels
St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral  in Brussels
St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral  in Brussels
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