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Basilica Koekelberg, Brussels

The Art Deco Basilica of Koekelberg in Brussels. Photo © GFDL. View all images in our Basilica Koekelberg Photo Gallery.
Front view of the Basilica in autumn. Photo © Hector Fabio Hurtado.
Image courtesy Google Earth. Photo © Google.

The National Basilica of Koekelberg is a huge Art Deco church in Brussels, built to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Belgian independence.


In 1905King Leopold II laid the cornerstone of the basilica. Construction was interrupted by the two World Wars and wasn't finished until 1971.

The basilica is dedicated to the Sacred Heart, like the more famous and equally patriotic Basilique Sacré-Coeur in Paris. The more common name "Basilica of Koekelberg" derives from its location in the Koekelberg area of Brussels.

What to See

Faced in brick, the Art Deco church is 89m high and 167m long, making it the fifth-largest church in the world. The main dome, flanked by two towers, can be climbed in summer for excellent views over Brussels.

Quick Facts on Basilica Koekelberg

Site Information
Names:Basilica Koekelberg; Basilica Koekelberg, Brussels; Basilica of the Sacred Heart; Basilique Sacré-Coeur
Faiths:Christianity; Catholic
Styles:Art Deco
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Brussels, Belgium
Coordinates:50.867274° N, 4.316661° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Basilica Koekelberg

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Title:Basilica Koekelberg, Brussels
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:02/11/2011
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