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Rue des Sablons

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Free

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Free, Churches/Religious Sites Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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Just south of the Grand-Place, the impressive Église Notre-Dame du Sablon – which dates back to the 14th century – is worth a visit, according to recent travelers. The church's interior features two chapels dedicated to saints and decorated with marble statues. There are also statues of St. Paul and St. Augustine inside.

Past visitors said they were impressed by the statues and stained-glass windows in the church and used words like "stunning" and "magnificent" to describe the interior.

The church is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is free to visit. For more information, visit the website.

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