Notre-Dame des Grâces/ Onze-Lieve-Vrouw der Genade Church
This imposing neo-Romanesque church dedicated to Our Lady of Grace was built in one of the new neighbourhoods of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe by architect Camille Damman and was consecrated in 1949. It is a Franciscan church, the monks having moved here from the city centre where their congregation, established in 1228, watched over a statue of the Virgin Mary known as Our Lady of Birdsong. The original was nestled in a beech tree in the middle of a small wood on the banks of the Senne and a copy of it can be seen in the church’s nave, which is lined with 28 columns whose capitals depict the mysteries of the life of the Virgin Mary. The church’s other notable features include one of the largest modern organs in Europe and a collection of stained-glass windows in the Art Deco style created between 1961 and 1967 by master glassmakers Simon Steger, who was also behind the stained-glass windows at Sainte-Suzanne/Sint-Suzanna Church in Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek, and Fernand Crickx, who worked on the basilica in Koekelberg. The oratory on the right of the church – a place of meditation – holds a tabernacle by ceramicist Max van der Linden, showing scenes from the life of St Francis.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Avenue du Chant d’Oiseau/Vogelzanglaan 2, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe
Accessible with assistance