Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula facts for kids
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|Location||Parvis Sainte-Gudule / Sinter-Goedelevoorplein
B-1000 City of Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region
(Cathedral status from 1962)
|Dedication||Saint Gudula and Saint Michael (patron saints of Brussels)|
|Style||Gothic, Brabantine Gothic|
|Years built||11th–15th centuries (church)
1485 (facade and towers)
|Groundbreaking||c. 9th century (chapel)|
|Number of towers||2|
|Number of spires||2|
|Spire height||64 metres (210 ft)|
|Archbishop||Jozef De Kesel
(Primate of Belgium)
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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