Saint-Augustin/ Sint-Augustinus Church
Strategically located at one of the highest points in Brussels, Saint-Augustin/Sint-Augustinus Church, completed in 1935, is a resolutely Art Deco construction. Its architects, Léon Guiannotte and André Watteyne, envisaged a pyramid-like structure with a central bell tower and a virtually circular floor plan to ensure that the finished church would look equally attractive from any of the eight thoroughfares converging on the square around it. According to the architects’ plans, the church’s proportions are based on the cubit, a unit of measurement used by the Ancient Egyptians, while its floor plan is laid out like a Greek cross inside a circle: a mystical symbol representing the world. Like Saint-Jean-Baptiste/Sint-Johannes de Doper in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and Sainte-Suzanne/Sint-Suzanna in Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek, Saint-Augustin/Sint-Augustinus is made of reinforced concrete. It houses a magnificent collection of stained-glass windows crafted by master glassmaker Paul Steyaert on the basis of drawings produced by Guiannotte. The Art Deco aesthetics of the stained-glass windows in the tower form an attractive contrast to the traditionalist style seen in the church’s other windows. When the sun shines, the building’s pristine interior comes alive in shades of purple, red, yellow and blue. (Listed since 8 August 1988)
Meet-and-greet and commentary (focusing particularly on the stained-glass windows) by members of the community.
Access, with a guide, to the organ loft, where visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the church and the stained-glass windows.
Information pamphlet available upon request.
Sat. & Sun., 14:00 to 18:00
Place de l’Altitude Cent/Hoogte Honderdplein, Forest/Vorst
Accessible with assistance