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July 14, 2022

The Church St. Catherine of Brussels !

So I am moving up again to my neighbor Belgium, many times there taken advantange of family near the Belgian border. I have several posts on one of my favorite cities, but feel obligated again to tell you a bit more of its most interesting monuments.I am updating rather redoing this older post where I had several monuments into one and splitting them to give them the credit they deserve in my blog. After all, these were memorable walks with the family which we love to do together when visiting anywhere.

What better way to do this then by showcasing the historical and architectural significance in the city of Brussels. Therefore, let me tell you about the Church St Catherine of Brussels ! Hope you enjoy it as I.

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The present  Church St. Catherine was built on the site of a basin of the old Port of Brussels between 1854 and 1874. Opened in St. Catherine’s Square, it replaced an ancient building dating back to the 15C. It was finally consecrated to the cult in 1874. It is the only religious building built in the Pentagon (historical center of Brussels) since the end of the old regime (French revolution). The Italian campanile adjoining the entrance to the Church of St. Catherine is, in fact, the Baroque steeple that lined the choir of the old church demolished in 1893.

Inspired by 16C French churches, such as the Saint-Eustache Church near the Halles of Paris; the Sainte-Catherine Church presents a hybrid architecture, between Gothic forms and Baroque decoration. It presents a homogeneous designed in Neo-Renaissance style, to which were added the main works of the old church. The pulpit of truth would come from the Cathedral Saint-Rombaut de Malines. By 2014, following a decision by the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, the Church of St Catherine in Brussels was reopened to worship and placed under the responsibility of 4 young priests of the Brotherhood of the Holy Apostles.

The official Church of Ste Catherinehttps://eglisesaintecatherine.be/

The Brussels Heritage Collection on the churchhttps://collections.heritage.brussels/fr/institutions/56

The Brussels tourist office on the churchhttps://visit.brussels/fr/place/Eglise-Sainte-Catherine_107448

There you go folks,  a bit more just to give you a better overview of this magnificent Church Sainte Catherine of Brussels that are worth a visit while in Brussels. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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July 14, 2022

The Church of Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg of Brussels !

So I am moving up again to my neighbor Belgium, many times there taken advantange of family near the Belgian border. I have several posts on one of my favorite cities, but feel obligated again to tell you a bit more of its most interesting monuments.I am updating rather redoing this older post where I had several monuments into one and splitting them to give them the credit they deserve in my blog. After all, these were memorable walks with the family which we love to do together when visiting anywhere.

What better way to do this then by showcasing the historical and architectural significance in the city of Brussels. Therefore, let me tell you about the Church of Saint Jacques sur Coudenberg of Brussels ! Hope you enjoy it as I.

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The Church of Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg, built between 1776 and 1787, is part of a set of nine neo-classical buildings that form the perimeter of the Place Royale (see post) in Brussels.  The Church is a Royal parish and Cathedral of the diocese to the Belgian Armed Forces. It succeeds two neighboring places of worship; the Castrale Chapel of the Palais du Coudenberg and the Church of the Abbey of Coudenberg, both demolished for the occasion. The Church of  Saint-Jacques (St James) is the third known church in Brussels, after Saint-Géry (destroyed at  the French revolution) and Saint-Michel (now the Cathedral Saints-Michel-et-Gudule). It is possible that Saint-Jacques originated as a castrale chapel of the first castle built around 1100 by the counts of Louvain on the Coudenberg, the highest hill on the right bank of the Senne river that crossed the  town. Most probably St. James (St Jacques) was a adjacent church at a hospice for pilgrims from Santiago de Compostela next to the castle, which would explain its title of St. James. The presence of a church on the Coudenberg is attested in the 12C. The name of its servants is known from 1121.

In 1183 the Brabant was erected in the Duchy, and the Coudenberg became the habitual residence of the Dukes. During the construction of the first precinct of Brussels in the 13C, the Church, the hospice (now Prévôté) and its gardens, which extend to the present  rue Brederode  are found intra muros.. As neither the old Gothic-style castle Chapel, nor the ruins of the abbey church, presumably in Romanesque style, were compatible with the neoclassical taste of the late 18C, they were demolished and replaced by the Church of St Jacques in a Neoclassical style that we know today.

For the Church of St Jacques, the work was completed in 11 years (from 1776 to 1787 as above). The interior of the church is built between 1785 and 1786. In 1849,it replaced the old bell tower with an imperial wooden dome tower with four bells and, in 1851, decorates the pediment of an original fresco of the Virgin consoling the afflicted. Outside, the façade evokes, with its triangular pediment and its six Corinthian columns, the appearance of a Greco-Roman temple. Two large statues frame the porch, king David and Moses. The three statues of the pediment, Saint James (in the center) with Saint Andre (to his right) and Saint John (to his left). After the annexation, on 1 October 1795, of the Austrian Netherlands by the first French Republic(revolution), the Church of St Jacques became, for a period of time, a temple of reason before being rendered, by the signing of the Concordat of 1801, to the Catholic cult in 1802.

Some of the religious events concerning the Belgian royal family were celebrated in Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg Church, such as the funeral of Charles of Belgium 1983 and King Leopold III 1983 or the eulogy mass of King Baudouin 1993. Several royal children received baptism such as Leopold II in 1835, Albert I in 1875, Leopold III in 1901, Charles in 1903, Marie-José in 1906, Josephine-Charlotte in 1927, Baudouin in 1930, Philippe in 1960 and Astrid in 1962. In 1978, the Church of St Jacques was entrusted to the Apostolic Vicariate by the Belgian armed forces. In 1986, this vicariate became the Diocese of the Armed Forces and the Church of St. James (St Jacques) its Cathedral. The titular bishop of this diocese is the Primate of Belgium, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels.

The Royal Parish of the Cathedral of the Armed Forces on the churchhttps://paroisse-militaire-saint-jacques-sur-coudenberg.be/fr/accueil/

The Brussels Collection Heritage on the church: https://collections.heritage.brussels/fr/institutions/52

There you go folks,  a bit more just to give you a better overview of this magnificent Church of St James on Coudenberg  that are worth a visit while in Brussels. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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July 14, 2022

The Church of Notre-Dame des Victoires in Sablons of Brussels !

So I am moving up again to my neighbor Belgium, many times there taken advantange of family near the Belgian border. I have several posts on one of my favorite cities, but feel obligated again to tell you a bit more of its most interesting monuments.I am updating rather redoing this older post where I had several monuments into one and splitting them to give them the credit they deserve in my blog. After all, these were memorable walks with the family which we love to do together when visiting anywhere.

What better way to do this then by showcasing the historical and architectural significance in the city of Brussels. Therefore, let me tell you about the Church of Notre Dame des Victoires in Sablons ,Brussels ! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Church of Notre-Dame des Victoires in Sablon area. It was not until the 18C, more precisely in May 1716, that a written record of the name Notre-Dame des Victoires was found, which was already at that time in use by the people, because one believed, wrongly, that it had been founded to celebrate the victory of Duke John I at the Battle of Worringen. On the other hand the reference to the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 is well established.

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The arrival in 1348 of a miraculous Virgin whose cult and procession called Ommegang were soon to supplant the devotion and procession to Saint Michael was to give this Church a major role in the social life of Brussels. The progression of this nearly century-long workyard is poorly known, due to the disappearance of the crossbow archives. The Choir was completed in 1435, as evidenced by mural paintings bearing this date. The north transept was probably completed around 1450, and the south transept and the first five bays of the nave were already done. It had built two chapels: the Chapel of St. Ursula north of the Choir done 1651-1676, and the Chapel of Saint Marcou south of the choir,1690.

Under the French revolution , the Church of Notre-Dame des Victoires was spared the anti-religious zeal of the revolutionaries, its priest having agreed to take an oath to the Republic. It was nevertheless closed for a few years, then returned to the cult under Napoleon I, as a branch of the Church of Notre-Dame de la Chapelle. The Chorus is illuminated by eleven lancets of some 14 meters high separated by fibrous pillars. The Choir is framed by two baroque chapels. The Chapel of St. Ursula is the sepulchral Chapel of the Tour and Taxis, the general postmasters from the 16C. The sponsor’s funerary monument a white marble allegorical group consisting of virtue, time and fame, accompanied by a group of Angels, stands out on the black background. The second part is dominated by a statue of St. Ursula, around two genies symbolizing death and life; in niches an allegory of truth and an allegory of hope. Under the chapel is the family vault of the Tour and Taxis, during its opening in 1928, the bones and coffins of nineteen members of the family were found, disturbed during the French revolution. They were then brought together in a single sarcophagus. The Chapel of Saint Marcou, which is during that of Saint Ursula, was also commissioned by the Tour and Taxis. The entrance gate is topped by a statue of Saint Marcou accompanied by the date 1690. The interior in faux marble color is decorated with various statues. The canopies above these two chapels come from fragments of ancient stained glass, the arms of the transept are decorated with two registers of arches surmounted by a frieze of cabbage leaves, dated 1545. The nave has a central aisle flanked by four collaterals. It is divided into seven bays; the five spans originally planned and two additional bays built at the beginning of the 16C. The pulpit of the Truth in Baroque style was made in 1697 for the now gone Augustinian church. It is decorated with medallions of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Virgin and Saint Thomas of Villeneuve. It is based on the sculptures symbolizing the four evangelists: the Angel, the Eagle, the Ox and the lion.The jacquemart of the 15C rings the hours.

The Brussels tourist office on the churchhttps://visit.brussels/en/place/Eglise-Notre-Dame-des-Victoires-du-Sablon

The Brussels Collection Heritage on the churchhttps://collections.heritage.brussels/fr/institutions/55

There you go folks,  a bit more just to give you a better overview of this magnificent Church of Notre Dame in Sablons of Brussels that are worth a visit while in Brussels. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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July 14, 2022

The Royal Church of St. Mary of Schaerbeek !

So I am moving up again to my neighbor Belgium, many times there taken advantange of family near the Belgian border. I have several posts on one of my favorite cities, but feel obligated again to tell you a bit more of its most interesting monuments.I am updating rather redoing this older post where I had several monuments into one and splitting them to give them the credit they deserve in my blog. After all, these were memorable walks with the family which we love to do together when visiting anywhere.

What better way to do this then by showcasing the historical and architectural significance in the city of Schaerbeek.Therefore, let me tell you about the Royal Church of St Mary ! Hope you enjoy it as I.

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The Royal Church of St. Mary is on the Boulevard de la Reine in Schaerbeek, a suburb of Brussels. Built in the 19C in the Romano-Byzantine style, the church is located on the Royal Route leading from the royal residence of Laeken to the royal palace in Brussels. Officially dedicated to Notre-Dame de l’Assomption ,she is popularly associated with Louise-Marie d’Orléans, the first queen of the Belgians, earning her the qualifier Royal.

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Further along, with the Rue des Palais and the Rue de la Reine, a large royal route was created linking the royal residence of Laeken to the royal Palace of Brussels. On the planning, at the beginning of the Rue des Palais, a parcel of land is destined for the construction of a church. The work site opened 1846. There is a statue of Notre-Dame in the main façade and three bells,  Marie, Joseph and Salvator are installed in 1866. The Way of the Cross is placed during Lent 1868. The black granite baptistery takes its place in 1873. The definitive completion of the work is officially done in 1888. On October 14, 1902, On the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Church is solemnly consecrated.

From 1887 the stained glass windows are installed. In 1894, Confessionals are done. In 1899, a new bell which will be removed by the Nazis occupier in 1943. Throughout the 20C the Church will be embellished with suitable furniture, especially in secondary chapels. Thus the benches of Communion done in 1905, and the organs in 1907. The Way of the Cross is blessed in 1908. But above all, the Sanctuary is built from 1900. A carved copper altar in a Romano-Mosan style replaces the primitive altar.

The degradation is such that, in 1966, the Royal Church of St. Mary is closed to the public because it is considered too dangerous! The liturgical offices are celebrated in its Crypt. In 1982, the complete restoration work of the historic monument began. They’ll last 14 years. Facade, turrets, pinnacle, porch, cornices; everything is inspected and restored. All the stained glass windows and the bell tower covering its three bells as well. Inside large surfaces of ceilings and the stuccos that are restored. The Royal Church of St Mary is reopened to the public in 1996.

The city of Schaerbeek on the churchhttps://www.1030.be/fr/culture-loisirs/histoire-tourisme-patrimoine/a-voir-a-visiter/eglises/eglise-sainte-marie

The Brussels tourist office on the Schaerbeek churchhttps://visit.brussels/fr/place/Eglise-Royale-Sainte-Marie

There you go folks,  a bit more just to give you a better overview of this magnificent  Royal Church of St Mary of Schaerbeek that are worth a visit while in near Brussels. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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