Saints-Michel-et-Gudule/ Sint-Michiel en Sint-Goedele Cathedral
Built in the Gothic style from the early 12th century to the late 15th century, Saints-Michel-et-Gudule/Sint-Michiel en Sint-Goedele Cathedral is home to a breathtaking collection of antique stained-glass windows. While the original windows are long gone, those we see today were created by master glassmakers in the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries on the basis of designs by such renowned painters as Théodore van Thulden and Bernard Van Orley. Thus by studying the cathedral’s 50 monumental windows, we can learn a great deal about the history of stained glass and how stained-glass art evolved over the years, from the late Renaissance to the neo-Gothic period reflected in the creations produced in Jean-Baptiste Capronnier’s Brussels workshop. Naturally, the windows depict religious scenes, but they also recount episodes in the history of the Low Countries and Belgium. Several of the region’s sovereigns are shown, including Charles V, who appears alongside the patron saints of Brussels, while the Eucharistic miracle of 1370 and the subsequent massacre of Brussels’ Jews are illustrated in considerable detail. (Listed since 5 March 1936)
Guided tours focusing on the art of religious stained glass, an expression of sacred art that beautifies the cathedral through the vivid colours contained in an astounding variety of figurative and purely abstract pieces – Sat., 10:00 to 17:00 (last tour at 16:00 – duration: 45 minutes) and Sun., 14:00 to 17:30 (last tour at 16:30 – duration: 45 minutes). Meeting point for tours: the esplanade in front of the cathedral.
In cooperation with La Fonderie.
Sat., 10:00 to 17:00, Sun., 14:00 to 17:30
Parvis Sainte-Gudule/Sinter-Goedelevoorplein, Brussels
Accessible with assistance