Basilica Koekelberg

Basilique nationale du Sacré-Coeur

King Leopold II’s thought initially of leaving as lasting legacy a national pantheon based on the French model but changed the idea to a basilica church dedicated to the Sacred Heart, One he had been impressed by seeing when on an official visit to Montmartre in Paris. The construction began in 1905 but took quite a while since the church was not finished  until 1970.

view from a corner

view from the right side

view from the left side

view from a distance with kids playing in the park

The dome is of quite impressive size. At a height of 90 meters it is one of the landmarks of the city of Brussels.

Picture of the chancel from the first floor

Chancel from closer

The organ

The design of the altar

stained-glass windows

Visitors can climb up to to the top of the dome by using a lift  for an impressive panoramic view of Brussels.

Pictures of the panoramic view of Brussels from basilica Sacré Coeur

Panoramic view from the back of the basilica

Panoramic view from the south-west of the basilica

Panoramic view from the left of the basilica

Panoramic view from the front of the basilica looking a bit to the left

Panoramic view from the front of the basilica looking ahead

Panoramic view from the front of the basilica looking a bit to the right

Panoramic view from the right of the basilica

Panoramic view from the south-east of the basilica

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