Tags : Church & Cathedral
Timings : Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm
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Notre Dame Du Sablon is a prominent Roman Catholic Church from the 15th century. Located in an area of high historical importance, this magnificent structure is one of the country's most exceptional and finest illustrations of Brabant Gothic Architecture.
Ask about the best monument that depicts absolute Brabant Gothic Architecture, and Notre Dame du Sablon will be the first to be named. The church is known for 5 broad naves having pillars and columns with no capital, thus giving a vertical essence to it. The columns are glorified with 12 statues of apostles that were sculpted by the best ones in the 17th century. The 11 glass windows, designed by Samuel Coucke and Jacques Colpart, depict typical ancient gothic style with their 45-ft height, colourful decorations and intricate designs, allowing light to come in during the day. The light gives lustre to the interior on the buildings and creates a positive environment for the visitors. During the night, the large windows are lit up from inside that gives a spectacular view of the monument from outside. The pulpits, designed by Marc de Vos, rests on a base containing four sculptures that symbolizes the Evangelists - The eagle, angel, lion and ox. Two splendid chapels, also a part of this monument, were built in the 17th century by the Thur and Taxes family. One of them is Saint Ursula Chapel which was designed by Lucas Faydherbe and features some valuable sculptures and the other one made of white marble is dedicated to Saint Marcouf. In front of these chapels lies the then-residence of the Thur and Taxis family, where their remains have also been buried.
Opposite the church lies a pond with a fountain on it and a park where benches are available to sit and relax.
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