Cathédrale des Sts-Michel & Gudule

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Cathédrale des Sts-Michel & Gudule information

Brussels , Belgium
Place Sainte-Gudule
Getting there
Metro: Gare Centrale
More information
admission free, treasury €1, crypt €3
Opening hours
7am-6pm Mon-Fri, 8.30am-6pm Sat, 2pm-6pm Sun
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Host to coronations and royal weddings, Brussels’ grand, twin-towered cathedral bears at least some resemblance to Paris’ Notre Dame. Begun in 1226, construction took 300 years. Stained-glass windows flood the soaring nave with light, while column-saints brandish gilded tools. An enormous wooden pulpit by Antwerp artist Hendrik Verbruggen sees Adam and Eve driven out of Eden by skeletons. To climb the cathedral towers (€5, 10am on the second Saturday of each month), sign up a day or two ahead.

The treasury is open shorter hours and the crypt by appointment only.