National Basilica of the Sacred Heart

National Basilica of the Sacred Heart

National Basilica of the Sacred Heart
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
anked fifth among the world's largest churches, the National Basilica stands as a magnificent Art Deco monument, offering breathtaking panoramic views. This summer, from June 15 to August 18, 2024, the Basilica proudly hosts an extraordinary immersive exhibition by renowned Bulgarian artist and iconographer Dian Kostov : Crossroads, The Price of Choice. Experience "Crossroads," a unique showcase that transforms the Basilica inside and out with custom installations and modern icon paintings. This collaboration invites visitors on a contemplative journey, merging traditional artistry with contemporary vision. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness Kostov’s unparalleled work in a setting that enhances its beauty and significance. Plan your visit and immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind artistic experience at the National Basilica.
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada24,700 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Quite an "eye-catcher" (one for an "awesome impression" at my first sight of it) is how I would describe this basilica not so much for its structure but mainly for its "surrounding nature" which is a widespread & meticulously-maintained "sloping lawn" (which supposedly is called Koekelberg Hill but really just a "very gentle rise" from the street outside the basilica grounds). And so, just after the "slight glitch" of finding the entrance all the way on the "back side" of the Basilica (after almost assuming it was closed without being able to go in the main door on the front side), I was also once inside fairly impressed by the spaciousness with not one but "two altars" (one at each end of the length of the floor) although yes the basilica overall is just "quite a modest one" in terms of decorations & such except for like colorful stained-glass windows on the walls beside and all the way to the top (some "significant number" of them to see though). And also, with just "free admission" to the Basilica itself, there's a fee (of about 8 euros) to go up one of the two towers (which I skipped after having already seen the city from the top of the Cinquantenaire Arch just the day before).

After about a 20-minute metro ride from the Bourse/Beurs station near the Grote Markt at the "city center" (with also a line change at Rogier) was arriving at the Simonis station right beside the Parc Elisabeth in a long-rectangular shape followed by about a 15-minute "leisure walk" (actually one just for about 5 minutes or so) through the park to the "far end" just across the street from this basilica (with a pretty nice photo-op of the Basilica seen between the two rows of trees and where at the time of my visit in the fall was also an "added charm" of fallen leaves all along the way).
Written 12 March 2024
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,584 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
The first sight of the National Basilica must be impressive for most visitors. It is one of the largest churches in the world and can be seen from the end of Parc Elisabeth. Given its sheer size, the basilica has a surprisingly simple, almost austere interior. It is out of tourist area and thus remains serene and peaceful. Metro line 6 connects it with downtown Brussels.
Written 13 June 2023
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Nil40
Kendal, UK136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Good experience .impressive building. Inside the church is very modern looking. Good experience to visit one of the largest churches.
Nice and warm chapel to pray.
Written 3 March 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
This is a Roman Catholic Minor Basilica in Brussels-the largest Art Deco style church building in the world. King Leopold 11 laid the foundation stone on October 12 1905 but his death in 1909 and the First World War from 1914-1918 delayed the church for many years
Written 30 December 2022
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Ray W
Liverpool, UK493 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
This church is a little out of town but easily accessible by public transport, Belgium has many fine churches, this is not one of them, the gardens are a little unkempt and though everything is on a huge scale it is a little disappointing
Written 17 September 2022
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Ugo C
Reykjavik, Iceland757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
This place is huge and beautiful. You can easily spend 1-2hrs just going around and inside it. It is very interesting and the grounds around very beautiful and well-taken care of. Recommended
Written 24 June 2022
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Valerie P
Hot Springs Village, AR128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
The facade is stunning however the inside feels cold and stark. Consider a visit to the Panorama to see the city views.
Written 21 June 2022
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zktravels
Poland211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The design of the building is definitely impressive. You can take some wonderful pictures of the Basilica from a park located right in front of it.
Written 14 April 2022
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Joscelyn
London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Fantastic views across the city from the top. Well worth it on a clear day. The stain glass windows were amazing. Only disappoint was the museums being closed.
Written 20 March 2022
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SuzM1985
Velika Gorica, Croatia136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I think this is a must see if you are in Brussels.
View from the top is very nice, Brussels on a palm.
The church is also beautiful. Museum wasn't working in November.
Written 28 November 2021
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