Église Notre-Dame du Sablon

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Église Notre-Dame du Sablon information

Brussels , Belgium
Address
Street Rue de la Régence
Getting there
metro Porte de Namur
More information
www.ebru.be/Other/Kerken/krkzavel.html
Opening hours
9am-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat & Sun
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Lonely Planet review

The Sablon’s large, flamboyantly Gothic church started life as the 1304 archers’ guild chapel. However, a century later it had to be massively enlarged to cope with droves of pilgrims attracted by the supposed healing powers of its Madonna statue. The statue was procured in 1348 by way of an audacious theft from a church in Antwerp – apparently by a vision-motivated husband-and-wife team in a rowing boat. It has long since gone but a boat behind the pulpit commemorates the curious affair.