The National Basilica of the Sacred Heart (French: Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Cœur, Dutch: Nationale Basiliek van het Heilig-Hart) is a Roman Catholic Minor Basilica and parish church in Brussels, Belgium. The church is dedicated to the Sacred Heart, inspired by the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Paris. Symbolically, King Leopold II laid the first stone of the basilica in 1905 during the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Belgian Independence. The construction was halted by the two World Wars and finished only in 1969. Belonging to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mechelen–Brussels, it is one of the largest churches by area in the world.
Located in the Parc Elisabeth atop the Koekelberg hill at the border between Brussels' Koekelberg and Ganshoren municipalities, the church is popularly known as the Koekelberg Basilica (French: Basilique de Koekelberg, Dutch: Basiliek van Koekelberg). The massive brick and reinforced concrete church features two thin towers and a green copper dome that rises 89 metres (292 ft) above ground, dominating Brussels' north-western skyline. It is served by Simonis metro station on lines 2 and 6 of the Brussels Metro.
Vic Cano | Mar 1, 2018
I have been looking forward to see this church as I have been passing on this one whenever we visit Brussels. Did not have time to see what's inside. Had the chance to see it this year, 2018 and i love the interior. Simply amazing. There were some exhibitions inside as well. The view at the top is also a must for a fee. Worth the time coz you will see most of the prominent places in Brussels. Also nice to spend time to pray here as even if there were tourists, the church was relatively silent.
張小銓 | Jan 17, 2018
It’s breathtaking place! Elegant and holy thing just stand on the small hill! Love it and sit inside can feel warm and peace
Ramesh Marimuthu | Dec 27, 2017
Really a huge church and nice architecture. Second level of the church is converted as exhibition place that is quite commercial. But overall a nice place to visit.
Giorgio Quetti | Nov 26, 2017
Wonderful basilica in art déco, the biggest one in the world with this architectural style. Located in a nice area (Elizabeth Park), it is one of the nicest monuments of Brussels.
Alex Madronio | Feb 15, 2018
One of the most beautiful and historic church i visited wayback 1990.
Noé Vagner-Clévenot | Mar 26, 2018
This outstanding monument, built partly during the Art Deco period and the 6th largest church in the world, is a to-do visit in Brussels that many visitors unfortunately forget about. Fun fact: it took a whole weekend to inaugurate the nave as priests had to bless every part of it using holy water.
Ronny Deniz | Mar 8, 2018
Very interesting and inspiring building. Peaceful and charming. The view from the top of the Basilica is very beautiful.
Vivek Pillay | Apr 1, 2018
Really pretty and huge building. You have to pay to get to the higher points in the cathedral
Zach Stanford | May 7, 2018
This massive church is one of the top ten largest Roman Catholic Churches in the world. Completed in 1970, it has more of a modern feel than a lot of cathedrals. If you like Churches then this is a must visit.
Ivica Ristovski | May 30, 2018
This place gives you a very unique view of Brussels. The visiting of the actual church does not cost anything, but I would strongly encourage you to pay the couple of euros to get on the top of the National Basilica. The view from the top is just astonishing. Take the time, and visit this place. We spent about 2h, and I could honestly say that i felt a little rushed. I would visit again. The view was just worth it.
Robert McSweeney | May 30, 2018
Gigantic church adjacent to a large and beautiful park. The church may be large but is a little lacklustre on the inside it is worth it to go on the roof for 5 euros and take in the view.
Digital Thangka | Jun 21, 2018
I have been living at 100m from the park of the Basilica. It has always been a special spot in Brussels for me, this place attracts lots of people with different backgrounds and stories. Every now and then there are some very interesting events happening there. It’s one of the places you need to visit on a nice summer day
Lark Sisterman | Jun 10, 2018
Beautiful modern church, has a nice view on the city of Brussels from its tower.
Ho Yin Cheng | Aug 7, 2018
The panorama view is just magnificent (perhaps the best of Brussels).
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