Cathedral Of St. Michael And St. GudulaCurrently Closed
- Address: Place Sainte-Gudule, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium, Brussels
- Timings: 07:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +32-22178345
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
Saint Michael and Saint Gugdule are patron saints of Brussels. On the site where the church now stands, there was in the 9th century a chapel dedicated to St. Michael, one that was replaced with a Romanesque church. St. Gudula’s relics were brought here in 1047. The final form of the church as seen today took over three centuries to finish, in 1519.
On a visit to the Church one must check out the French Gothic Western Façade, Brabantian Gothic Window, The gothic Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament of the Miracle, The Chapel of Our Lady of Deliverance with Romanesque altar, St. Mary Magdalene’s Baroque chapel, Statues of the 12 apostles, The nave with the Baroque pulpit depicting Adam and Eve expelled and Virgin and Child piercing the serpent.
Massive, regal and absolutely grand, the cathedral has another claim to fame: a nest of peregrine falcons on the cathedral’s northern tower that have become a favourite with everybody.
That said, the church has been pretty historically important too. In 1516, Charles was proclaimed King of Spain here; King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola (1960) as well as King Albert II (then Prince) and donna Paola (1959) were married here. A good number of the Royal Family is buried here.
It actually wasn’t until restoration work was happening in full swing in the 1990s in the cathedral that the Romanesque remains of the original church here and its crypt were discovered. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Brussels itinerary 2 days.
- Visit official website for mass timings.
- Free entry to Cathedral.
- Fee for Archaeological site: 1 Euro
- Fee for Romanesque crypt: 3 Euro
- Fee for Treasury: 2 Euro for adults, free for kids under 14 years.
- Combined ticket: 6 Euro
- Archaeological site open form 8 am – 6 pm everyday.
- Treasury open from Monday to Friday 10 am – 12:30 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm and Sunday 2 pm – 5 pm.
Operating hours for cathedral:
- Saturday: visit allowed till 3:30 pm
- Sunday: 8 pm – 6 pm visits only from 2 pm
- By Bus: Buses 29, 63, 65 and others stop at Parc bus station.
- By Tram: Trams 92 and 93 stops at Par Light Rail station.
- By Subway: Subways 1 and 5 stop at Gare Centrale subway station.
- Cafe Gudule
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Amazing!! The stained glass window is the highlight. Must appreciate the architectural marvel which was designed in the early 1519. This place has so much to offer to see. You may want to spend more time here if you are an art lover. I personally enjoyed my time out here discovering this wonderful monument.
Beautiful Cathedral. During December they have a nativity entry from many countries. All looked amazing. The stained glass windows are lovely, especially when the sun hits them. A must see place.
A very beautiful and ornate cathedral. The huge stained glass windows are the highlight. Well-maintained and beautifully restored. Quite a tranquil space and, if you go early, with not too many tourists. Well worth the visit
It never ceases to amaze me how people were able to imagine such spectacular monuments. Completed in 1519. It took more than 300 years to build this Brabantine Gothic style cathedral. Both the exterior and interior are incredibly breathtaking. The grand pipe organ is suspended and built in the middle of the cathedral. It was quite a mesmerizing sight! While we were visiting, there was a choir rehearsal with a local school. The organist that day was a nun. It was simply magical. The cathedral was only 5 minutes walking distance from our hotel. This is obviously a must see place in Brussels.
Beautiful and well preserved church! The stained glass windows are one of the highlights. Free entrance. You can also see a small treasury with paintings and relics for 2 euro in the corner of the church.