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Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Guidon

Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Guidon

Anderlecht, BE

The Collegiate Church of Saints Peter and Guidon is a Brabant Gothic style church built in the 14th century. The first church was in Romanesque style, as can be seen in the crypt (11th century). The present building was built between 1350 and 1527, the square tower dating from 1517. Jean van Ruysbroeck, architect (with others) of the Brussels City Hall tower, was responsible for the work between 1479 and 1485. Between 1843 and 1847, the church underwent serious restoration work under the direction of the architect Jules-Jacques Van Ysendyck. In 1898, the square tower was surmounted by a spire.

Saint Peter's Church

Saint Peter's Church

Brussels, BE

The brick neo-Gothic St. Peter's Church from 1878-1880 is a design by architect Charles Demaeght.

Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation

Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation

Ixelles, BE

The Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation is in neo-Romanesque style with Art Deco influences, built according to the plans of the architect Camille Damman. In 1914, work began but was interrupted due to the outbreak of World War I. The church was built in 1914. In the meantime, a temporary church was built in 1915, rue Joseph Stallaert n°6, by the same architect. The Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation was not completed and consecrated until 1934.

La Cambre Abbey

La Cambre Abbey

Ixelles, BE

La Cambre abbey was founded around 1200 by Gisele, a Brussels lady who wanted to establish a Cistercian monastery in the village of Ixelles. The abbey takes the name Camera beatae Mariae, which will finally give "the Cambre". In 1796, by decree of the Republic, la Cambre is closed and its property sold as national property. The abbey is restored in the first two decades of the 20th century.

Church of Saint-Augustin

Church of Saint-Augustin

Forest, BE

The church of Saint-Augustin was built in 1935. The church is an example of Art Deco religious architecture in Belgium. The architects Léon Guiannotte and André Watteyne were commissioned to draw up the plans for the church. Most of the work was carried out in two years (1933-1935). In the 1980s, the building deteriorated badly, but thanks to the new interest in art deco in Brussels, the church escaped demolition (requested by the engineers of the Brussels metro) and was classified as a national heritage site in 1988.

Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur Church

Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur Church

Etterbeek, BE

The construction of Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur church was requested by the neighbourhood's residents and built from 1925 to 1928 by architect Édmond Serneels. Designed in a neo-Romanesque style, the proportions were changed during the second phase of construction; due to lack of money, the length of the building was reduced.

Church of St. Henri

Church of St. Henri

Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, BE

St. Henri's church is a neo-gothic church built between 1908 and 1911 according to the plans of Julien Walckiers (1870-1929), inspired by the Dominican convent of Ghent. The church has the particularity of having its buttresses inside the building rather than outside. It is dedicated to the Holy Duke of Bavaria, Henry II, Roman-Germanic Emperor of the 11th century.

Church of Saint-Jean Berchmans

Church of Saint-Jean Berchmans

Etterbeek, BE

The church of Saint-Jean Berchmans is a neo-Romanesque religious building which is part of the large complex of the Collège Saint-Michel. Built from 1908 to 1912, the church is dedicated to Saint John Berchmans, a young Belgian Jesuit, who was canonized in 1888. The architect Joseph Prémont was inspired by the Rhineland Romanesque basilica Saint-Servais in Maastricht (18th century). The façade is an apse flanked by two towers. Two Romanesque portals open on either side of the false apse. The liturgical and pastoral services are provided by Jesuit fathers.

Church of Saint-Denis

Church of Saint-Denis

Bruxelles, BE

The church of Saint-Denis is a religious building whose oldest foundations date back to the 11th century, around the time of the founding of the village of Forest. The present building, which includes the sanctuary dedicated to Saint Alène, dates from the 13th century and is in Gothic style. The bell tower was raised by two floors in the 18th century. In 1925-1926, an important restoration of the ensemble was carried out by Chrétien Veraart, restoring to the building a luminosity that it had lost.

Abbey of Forest

Abbey of Forest

Forest, BE

The abbey of Forest, founded in 1106, lived from its glory days until the 15th century when the abbey was emptied of its inhabitants as a result of wars and epidemics. It was only in the 18th century that the abbey rose again and was rebuilt in its present form. However, this resurrection was short-lived because the French Revolution suppressed the religious community of the abbey and sold the building. The buildings that survived the dismantling now form a cultural centre for seminars, banquets and exhibitions.

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