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St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral free

Parvis Sainte-Gudule | Brussels 1000 | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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It's less ornate than other Gothic churches, but most agree the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral's no-frills design is a refreshing quality. St. Michael and St. Gudula has been known throughout history — particularly by French writer Victor Hugo — as "the purest flowering of the Gothic style." The Belgian royals thought so, too, as it has served as the site for royal weddings and funerals. Constructed in the 13th century, with its clean stone exterior and intricate stained-glass windows, this cathedral makes for an impressive sight.

Recent visitors appreciated the architecture of the church, with some noting the beauty of the stained-glass windows in particular. Some travelers recommended paying the extra fee to visit the archeological site, saying it gave them greater insight into the church's history. 

The St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (also known as the Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) is less than one mile northeast of the Brussels train station (Gare de Bruxelles - Central) and is open daily from around 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with varying hours on Saturday and Sunday. You can attend services and explore the main parts of the cathedral for free, but if you wish to take a peek at the archeological site, you will have to pay an extra euro. The crypt is open for viewing by appointment only, and costs about 3 EUR. For more information, visit the church's website.

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