Church of Notre-Dame-du-Sablon : Michelin's recommendations
This lovely flamboyant style building was originally a chapel of the crossbowmen. Legend has it that in 1348, the pious Béatrice Soetkens brought a statue of the Holy Virgin from Antwerp to Brussels as a gift for the crossbowmen. The chapel became a place of pilgrimage and was enlargened from the 15C to 16C, at the end of the flamboyant Gothic period, but also its pinnacle. The exterior was entirely renovated more than a century ago by followers of Viollet-le-Duc, who added some belltowers, towers, pinnacles, balustrades and statues. The main shape of the building luckily remains intact. Inside, you will see the long choir and the high glass canopies with thin columns between. The pulpit dates back to 1697. Above the entrance, you will see the statue of Our Lady of the Tree (see Antwerp). The sephulcral chapel of the Tour et Taxis (or Tassis), an Austrian family that founded the international post office in 1516, is a masterpiece. The black and white marble décor is by Lucas Fayd'herbe. A statue of St Ursula in white marble is by J Duquesnoy the Younger. Tapestries by B Van Orley, illustrating the legend of Notre Dame du Sablon, used to decorate the lower sides. One of them now stands in the Brussels City Museum, the other in the Musée du Cinquantenaire.
- Address : r. de la Régence 3b B - 1000 Bruxelles1000Bruxelles
- Phone : 025115741
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