Timings : Monday to Friday – 7 AM to 6 PM, Saturdays and Sundays – 8:30 AM to 6 PM (Visitors Allowed – Saturdays till 3:30 PM and Sundays till 2:00 PM)
Time Required : 1 hour
Entry Fee : No General Entry Fee . Entry to the Crypt - EUR 3 . Entry to the Treasure of the Cathedral - EUR 2
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The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is an 11th Century Gothic-style church in Brussels, Belgium named after the patron saints Michael and Gudula. This magnificent church took centuries of transformation to look like what it is today and is now recognised as a historic monument of the city.
The church was given the ‘cathedral’ status in 1962. The Royal weddings and state funerals of the country take place in this cathedral, which makes it a very important site. The Gothic-styled towers, stained glass windows and the big organ inside the church are the most arresting features of this cathedral, and the tourists are left amazed by their sheer beauty. Tours to the tower are also available for the ones who wish to visit. It must include a maximum of twenty-four people for a visit which usually lasts for about two and a half hours and these tours begin from the month of March till late October.
Built originally in the 9th century on Treurenberg hill, the cathedral started out as a chapel dedicated to St. Michael. It was expanded upon into a bigger church based on Roman architecture in the 11th century. Furthermore in the 13th century, two round towers and even a choir were added to the church. The entire church as seen today was constructed within a span of 300 years. In the year 1936, the church was designated as a historic monument on the 5th of March.