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Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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“art deco”(24 reviews)
“huge church”(7 reviews)
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The Koekelberg Basilica ranks fifth among the world's largest churches, after the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Paix in Yamoussokro on the Ivory Coast, St Peter's in Rome, St Paul's in London and Santa Maria Dei Fiori in Florence. Today, the church...more
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Parvis de la Basilique 1, Koekelberg, Brussels 1081, Belgium
+32 2 421 16 67
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in the outskirts of Brussels, in the neighbourhood of Koekelberg, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacré-Coeur Basilica) is an architectural masterpiece of Art Deco and ranks fifth among the world's largest churches. It was completed in 1970! The first thing visitors will spot...More

Thank Joyce-Belgium
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was not added to our watch-list but while we were in Brussels, many people recommended this place. Due to shortage of time, we could only visit the site to view it from the outside but it was fabulous. The gardens around the Basilica added...More

Thank Maaz H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not an ancient church, as many in Europe are, but was built by King Leopold to bring some Paris-style grandeur to this part of Brussels. Nevertheless, it was worth a visit and is a hop off spot on the Hop On Hop Off...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got out at Simonis Leopold Metro station and then walked down to the Basilica.It is on the right as you emerge from the station.The Koekelberg districtThe building is so big you can see it in the distance.The Bailica is truly a remarkable building,with its...More

Thank Marco_Num1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With my guide, went to this basilica and it is very unusual on the outside, touted as Art Deco. I may not be too architecturally-inclined but I don't see the tie-in as much as everyone else does. One of the largest, however.

Thank glenuehlein
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful large church with fantastic decor. Go up the panoramic view.....not for the faint hearted and worth 5 euros. Beautiful views of Brussels. Fantastic tour bus stop xx

Thank Sue1775
Reviewed 7 July 2018

This is a beautiful building with confident, clean lines and a modern style not normally seen in religious architecture on this scale. However I enjoyed it as a building rather than as a religious space. It’s really hard for the teams managing sacred buildings as...More

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BasilicaKoekelberg, Culture and tourism dept. at Basilica of the Sacred Heart, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Dear Kate, The fact that there was none inside the church to help you with the tickets is totally not normal. Could you send us more details? (day and time of your visit). e-mail : tourism@basilicakoekelberg.be

Reviewed 2 June 2018

To get to the Basilica take line 2 or line 6 and exit at Elizabeth. (At our hotel we were told to exit the exit before Elizabeth, but Elizabeth is the closest.) Leading up to the Basilica is a walk through a pretty park. Tall...More

Thank tinaNtravel
Reviewed 31 May 2018

Huge. Quiet. Excellent views. Wonderful park in front. It's free to get in, but if you pay €5 (I think) (approximately) you can take the elevator and some stairs to the top for some great views. When we went up on a Wednesday, we were...More

Thank Rik T
Reviewed 28 May 2018

One of the must see basilica in Brussels. If you are lucky you will hear a somebody sing inside. No entry fee.

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25 March 2018|
Response from BasilicaKoekelberg | Property representative |
Hi! There's a mass every week day at 9'00 AM (in french on monday, tuesday, thurday ,friday, and saturday in Dutch on wednesday. On sunday, 10'00 (french) and 11'30 (bilingual frenh-dutch)
Rodella D
5 November 2017|
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Response from BasilicaKoekelberg | Property representative |
Hi Rodella, There's a touristic bus line passing by, and you can also take the metro (station Simonis/Elizabeth)! Don't hesitate to send us a mail for any further info: tourism@basilicakoekelberg.be