St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), Brussels

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Dedicated to the patron saints of Brussels, St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) cuts an imposing figure in the historic city center. It is co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels, along with St. Rumbold's Cathedral in Mechelen. The cathedral's two terraced spires reach 64 m (210 ft) tall and were designed by Jan van Ruysbroeck, the same architect responsible for the tower of the city's town hall. Inside, visit the mausoleums of the dukes of Brabant and Archduke Ernest of Austria. Admire the way the sunlight hits the cathedral's stained-glass windows. The cathedral contains a massive organ with 4,300 pipes. To visit St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) on your holiday in Brussels, and find out what else Brussels has to offer, use our Brussels holiday planner .
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  • The first thing that draws the attention of this enormous Cathedral is its facade which is at the top of a hill, inside is very beautiful and worth a detailed visit.
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  • I've visited several places of worship all over Europe and in my opinion this cathedral has the most beautiful stained glass I've ever seen. Definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • If the title is fairly recent, since the Church is now dedicated to the Saints Michel and Gudule has been elevated to Cathedral until 1962 (with the title of Cathedral of Saint Michel), a church dedicated to Saint Michael existed in this place probably in the 9th century, with a chapel which later become the Roman Church and that were transported in the 11th century the relics of Saint Gúdula. The current church, Gothic style, began with the construction of the choir in 1226, to be completed in the following centuries and now become the most important religious building in the Belgian capital, and a privileged place for Royal Weddings and other religious ceremonies related to the ruling families. Some important works of embellishment have returned along the 80 years of the last century the new image of the building, which is fully restored and allows visitors to learn about its history from its origins. Among the many points of interest suggest that it is not lost:-the organ, an immense instrument with 4300 tubes and four keyboards, allowing you to play all kinds of music for organ composition,-the archaeological part, that thanks to recent research, allows to visit the remains of the structure over time from the first remains from the 10th century -glass windows, unique and worthy of the classical tradition. A few steps from the Grand Place, the Cathedral is worth a visit in any case.
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  • Monumental. It makes you think about the past and how ready they were to create such architectural pieces to carry their beliefs. The patience for detail manifests itself in each step you take around it. Worth seeing, especially because it's free to enter and not far from the central station (so can be done as a break while waiting for your next train).
  • beautiful church with a nice garden. But why are there many homeless sitting just outside the church? i think i spotted 2 or 3. Made us feel uncomfortable walking around the church.
  • Impressive building. One of the main place to visit in Brussels. Close to all other attractions.
  • Really awesome cathedral. Very beautiful on the inside and outside. You can spend literally hours just sitting there and admiring all the awesome artwork inside. And best of all? It's all free of charge (with the possibility of donations which I recommend doing).
  • The landmark of Brussels. Fantastic cathedral with awesome stained glass windows, altars and features. Must visit of in Brussels and some good views and picture spots too.

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It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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