Saints-Pierre-et-Guidon/Sint-Pieter-en-Sint-Guido Collegiate Church
Built between the second half of the 14th century and the mid-16th century, Saints-Pierre-et-Guidon/Sint-Pieter-en-Sint-Guido Collegiate Church is one of the most remarkable Brabantine Gothic churches in the Brussels region. It is the work of a number of renowned master craftsmen: the choir was designed by Jean Van Ruysbroeck, who was also responsible for creating the tower of Brussels Town Hall; the porch was created by Louis Van Boghem, the architect behind the Royal Monastery of Brou; and the porch tower and the chapel dedicated to St Guy were constructed by Mathieu III Keldermans. The church was restored by Jules-Jacques Van Ysendyck from 1874 to 1898; he also built the spire at the top of the square tower.
Built in the centre of what was once the village of Anderlecht, the church was intended for gatherings much bigger than just the parish community, hence its large size. For centuries, it was a major place of pilgrimage where, every year at Pentecost, thousands of people from the surrounding countryside converged to worship the relics of St Guy. Under the Ancien Régime, a horse race was even organised around the building. (Listed 25/10/1938)
Guided tour: “Pilgrimages to venerate St Guy”: Sat. & Sun. at 14:00 (in French); Sun. at 13:30 (in Dutch). Starting point: esplanade in front of the church. Up to 15 people per tour (face masks must be worn). During the guided tour, the various rites mentioned here will be explained to you exactly where they happened. Among other things, you will visit the Romanesque crypt, which was built in the late 11th century for the worship of the relics, thus making it Brussels’ oldest surviving structure.
Sat. & Sun., 12:00 to 16:00
Place de la Vaillance/Dapperheidsplein, Anderlecht
By reservation only