St. Nicholas Church

Brussels, Belgium

The Église St-Nicolas is a delightful little church behind the Bourse in Brussels. It is surrounded by fine old houses that seem to huddle under it.

This small church is almost 1,000 years old, but little remains of the original structure. Its 11th-century Romanesque lines are hidden by a 14th-century Gothic facade and the repairs made after the French bombardment of 1695. A cannonball fired by the French in 1695 is still lodged in one of the pillars.

The church holds a small painting by Rubens of The Virgin and Child and the Vladimir Icon painted by an artist from Constantinople in 1131.Église St-Nicolas

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Belgium

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Mas Hassan (7 months ago)
Yet another historic place of worship reasonably well looked after with a friendly priest taking confessions in one corner room of the church.
esther Afrakomah (8 months ago)
Very good place to visit and to pray for your daily life with God
Francisco Javier Terrés Belmonte (8 months ago)
Catholic Church, beautiful, peaceful and in the center of Brussels.
Alastair Wood (9 months ago)
Beautiful interior, friendly and a very moving service.
Mike773 U (9 months ago)
30/04/22: having been to Brussels 4 times, it is only in the last few years that I have documented places I've visited, as a part of my Google legacy. This time in Brussels I was celebrating my Stag Do with 18 friends. Eglise St. Nicolas (French) or Sint Nikolaaskerk (Dutch) is situated very close to Grand Place. It is one of the oldest churches in Brussels and is named after the Patron Saint of Traders. It dates back to the 12th Century and hosts a painting of the Virgin, by Rubens. Outside is a beautiful statue and a drinking fountain.
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