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Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
French: Cathédrale des Saints Michel et Gudule
Dutch: Kathedraal van Sint-Michiel en Sint-Goedele
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50°50′52″N 4°21′37″E / 50.84778°N 4.36028°E / 50.84778; 4.36028Coordinates: 50°50′52″N 4°21′37″E / 50.84778°N 4.36028°E / 50.84778; 4.36028
Location Parvis Sainte-Gudule / Sinter-Goedelevoorplein
B-1000 City of Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region
Country Belgium
Denomination Roman Catholic
History
Status Co-cathedral
(Cathedral status from 1962)
Dedication Saint Gudula and Saint Michael (patron saints of Brussels)
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Protected
Designated 05/03/1936
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic, Brabantine Gothic
Years built 11th–15th centuries (church)
1485 (facade and towers)
Groundbreaking c. 9th century (chapel)
Completed 1519
Specifications
Number of towers 2
Number of spires 2
Spire height 64 metres (210 ft)
Administration
Archdiocese Mechelen-Brussels
Clergy
Archbishop Jozef De Kesel
(Primate of Belgium)
Dean Claude Castiau
Laity
Organist(s) Xavier Deprez

St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral is the Cathedral in Brussels. It is named in honour of St. Michael and St. Gudula. In Dutch it is called Sint-Michiels- en Sint-Goedelekathedraal, usually shortened to "Sint-Goedele". In French it is called Cathédrale Saints-Michel-et-Gudule.It is the main church of the bishop of Brussels and Mechelen.

There already was a shrine (or chapel) to Saint Michael there in the 8th century. The Cathedral was begun in 1226. Building finished when the belltower (or belfry) was done, at the end of the 15th century. The cathedral is built in Gothic style. As it is the main Church of the Kingom of Belgium, there are often royal ceremonies (marriages, funerals) there.

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