Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm & Sun 1pm-4pm
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Beginning in the 7th century, Christian abbeys and churches started to appear in the Low Countries – and their numbers only continued to grow throughout the years. Belgium now boasts an impressive repertoire of churches and religious buildings (even the tiniest of villages has its own church), some of which are internationally known for their architectural mastery. Culture Trip brings you ten of the most dazzling churches in Belgium.
The small Basilica of the Holy Blood is a real showstopper in Bruges. Originally the private chapel to the Count of Flanders, the Basilica houses a relic allegedly containing the blood of Christ. The Neo-Gothic interior, with its stained glass windows and colorful murals, are absolutely beautiful.
Opening Hours: Thu-Tue 9:30am-12pm, 2-5pm
Address: 13 Burg, 8000 Bruges, Belgium +32 50 33 67 92
A less conventional choice, the church constructed by Gijs Van Vaerenbergh is perhaps not a church in the traditional sense of the word, but it pays homage to the typical parochial church and questions the traditional function of a church. In any case, visitors will definitely experience a sense of awe, as the church is completely see-through from certain angles, blending into the landscape in a mesmerizing manner.
Opening Hours: 24/7
Address: 2 Grootloonstraat, Borgloon, Belgium
By Stephanie Benoit