Notre Dame du Bon Succès is a wooden statue of the Madonna and Child in the church of Notre Dame du Finistère in Brussels. Copies of this statue are known as Our Lady of Aberdeen in Scotland. The statue came to Brussels in 1625. It is believed that it was sent by William Laing, the Procurer for the King of Spain, from Aberdeen to Dunkirk. Its history before 1625 is based on uncertain records, but after that date its story is well documented.
The statue is made from oak and walnut. There is evidence of repairs from X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning. Copies of it were made in 1895 for the Catholic cathedral in Aberdeen and the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Queen's Cross, Aberdeen. It is believed that the Brussels statue came from a chapel at the north end of the Bridge of Dee in Aberdeen which was built between 1527 and 1530. Many myths and miracles have been associated with Notre Dame du Bon Succès. See McAleese (2013) below.
Oliver KOZAK | Dec 19, 2016
Nice barroque and classical church squeezed into the shopping street Rue Neuve. It's a sharp contrast to the modern building of City2 in front of it. I wouldn't make an extra trip for it, but worth a look if you are nearby.
Teo Gerald | May 2, 2017
Did not manage to enter the church. The church looks very old and is a great contrast with the new shopping malls nearby.
Angelica Chao | Sep 24, 2017
Didn't get in, but still worth a try.
Christian Dillstrom | Jul 30, 2017
Great church, great architecture in middle of city center
Emmanuel Jeantheau | Nov 25, 2016
Interesting church build by French Breton's . In the middle of the main commercial Street of Brussels!
Sha Mar | Apr 3, 2018
One of the most beautiful church in Belgium! The beautiful architecture, pleasant atmosphere and holly environment! Definitely recommend to come and visit!
Mark Randel | Aug 19, 2018
The Notre Dame is beautiful. There's a lovely letter to the public in the back from the Bishop emphasizing the church is not a museum, but a living and active church. It was the perfect place to get away from the hectic pace outside, and pray and meditate. Everything was just magnificent.
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