The Église de la Chapelle (French) or Kapellekerk (Dutch) is a Roman Catholic church founded in 1134 by Godfrey I of Leuven near what were then the town ramparts. The present structure dates from the 13th century. Part of the structure was damaged by the French during the bombardment of Brussels in 1695 as part of the War of the Grand Alliance. It was restored in 1866 and again in 1989. It contains work by Jerôme Duquesnoy and Lucas Faydherbe.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder was buried in this church. The funeral monument erected by his sons in his honour is still in place. Part of the relics of Saint Boniface of Brussels, Bishop of Lausanne, are also buried here.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Belgium

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Hania Ortega Daboin (13 months ago)
A beautiful church, the oldest in Brussels
Daniel Mestre (16 months ago)
This bells are a nightmare to close neighbors. Specially on Sunday, with 8 minutes performances early in the morning and later again in the afternoon. Church is surrounded by drunk homeless people. Not Brussels best safe area.
Dasha P. (19 months ago)
Quite small and humble church, but very important to fans of Bruegel and art lovers. Peter Bruegel the Elder got married there and he was also buried there after his death. Till the end of the 2020 there is a some kind of interactive exhibition "The great escape" so, visitors can find in sudden corners of the church figures from the Brueghels paintings.
Eugen Safin (19 months ago)
Amazing church! Very impressive.
Omar Lasebai (19 months ago)
Grand elegant and beautiful, a must see if you are a fan of classy old sights.
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