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Cathedrale Sts Michel et Gudule

 

Cathedrale Sts Michel et Gudule or simply Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudule is a Roman Catholic Church located on the Treurenberg Hill in Brussels, Belgium. It is situated on the border between the Old City and the newer parts of Brussels. The church is a magnificent work of Gothic art dedicated to two Christian saints that are considered to be the patron saints of the Belgian capital. In addition it serves as a mausoleum of the Belgian national hero- Frederic de Merode.

 

 

 

Location: Parvis Ste- Gudule, Brusels

Tel. 02- 217 8345

Bus: 29, 60, 63, 65, 66, 71

Trolley: 92, 94

Subway: Centrale

Open: daily

www.cathedralestmichel.be

 

 

 

Description of Cathedral Sts Michel et Gudule

 

Originally Brussels Cathedral had a Romanesque appearance. Upon its construction Brussels Cathedral was dedicated only to Saint Michael. However in 1047 remains of Saint Gudule were transferred here and the temple got another patron saint. In the 13th century Cathedrale Sts Michel et Gudule was reconstructed in a more Gothic architectural style. It had a length 110 meters with a total height of 64 meters, almost twice the height of Notre Dame in Paris. Cathedrale Sts Michel et Gudule of Brussels takes particular pride of its large and very beautiful musical organ.

 

Cathedrale Sts Michel et Gudule saw many significant events in the history of Belgium. This includes funeral of king Albert I in 1934 and his wife Astrid of Sweden in 1965. In 1995 Roman pope John Paul II visited the cathedral. In 1999 Duke Philip married Duchess Matilda here and in 2003 Prince Laurent and Princess Claire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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