Notre-Dame des Victoires au Sablon/ Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Zege op de Zavel Church

© Fabrique d’église Notre-Dame des Victoires au Sablon

A modest chapel built in 1304 by the Ancient, Royal and Noble Grand Order of Crossbowmen of Our Lady of Sablon was the first religious building known to have stood on the site of the current church. The chapel, which housed a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary, soon became a place of pilgrimage and was enlarged substantially in the 15th century. The building has been restored several times since the 19th century, with work being overseen by architects including Auguste Schoy, Jules-Jacques Van Ysendyck and Maurice Van Ysendyck. The church’s choir is flanked by two magnificent Baroque chapels built in 1651. They were designed by Lucas Fayd’herbe, who ornamented them with splendid black and white marble decorations in Baroque style. The chapel on the left is dedicated to St Ursula and holds a series of ornate sculptures decorating the tombs of Lamoral II Claudius Franz, Count of Thurn und Taxis, and his wife, while the chapel on the right, which is under the protection of St Marcou, features imitation-marble walls. A number of 16th-century stained-glass windows can still be seen in the church’s transept. These were installed in 1861 by Samuel Coucke, who himself crafted some of the stained-glass windows in the apse from 1864 to 1865. The artist continued his work on the stained-glass windows along the aisles from 1874 to 1900. The stained-glass windows in the upper part of the nave – 300 coats of arms lining the walls above the triforium – were created by Louis-Charles Crespin and master glassmaker Florent-Prosper Colpaert. They also produced the four large windows above the choir, which bathe the nave in all the colours of the rainbow on sunny days. (Listed since 5 March 1936)

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Sat., 9:00 to 18:00, Sun., 9:00 to 11:30 and 13:00 to 18:00

Rue des Sablons/Zavelstraat, Brussels

92 93 Petit Sablon - Kleine Zavel
27 33 48 95 Grand Sablon - Grote Zavel
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