To continue my series on the Gothic Churches of Belgium, I would like to give you an overview of the Cathedral of Brussels. I am unfortunately no longer in Belgium, but in Rome again. I will however suggest that anyone who travels to northern Europe should make a stop in Brugges/Brussels. Brussels tends to give the feeling of New York City mashed with a medieval city. You may be wondering how I can say this having been to neither New York nor a medieval city. Well, just take my word for it.
The Cathedral in Brussels is more like the National Cathedral in Washington DC than anything else I’ve posted about. It’s older, but in essence, the building type is the same. The main difference however is that the National Cathedral is in the hands of the Anglicans while the Brussels Cathedral is in the hands of the Catholic Church. If you can say the Catholic Church has hands.
Once again, this post will mostly feature pictures (eye-candy, perhaps?) but I will of course include some commentary in the captions.
The view of the Cathedral as you leave the city center.
Gothic Churches often have two doors in the main entrance...one for people entering and one for people exiting. Also, look at that sculpture in the tympanum. Delightful.
As usual, I have to include a photo of the nave wall. This one was particularly beautiful at 11am when I took this.
This Cathedral is truly a Gothic church. It has the three levels: Arcade, Triforium, and Clerestory.
The Gothic ideal of transformed light in action. Really cool.
Catholicism: The Religion of Both/And, Light and Dark edition.
This seems to be a theme in the churches here in Belgium....having the saints line the columns. It is also present in St. John Lateran in Rome.
This is another common theme in Belgian churches...Tapestries on the wall.
Here is an interesting view of the axiality of a Gothic Cathedral: All the way from the High Altar to the window over the entrance....or the other way around
I love side aisles.
Yes, this church even had some nice buttressing.
This side entrance rivals Chartres. Don't believe me?
Last but not least...well maybe least, the building next door trying to copy the Gothic detailing.
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