Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula (French: Co-Cathédrale collégiale des Ss-Michel et Gudule, Dutch: Collegiale Sint-Michiels- en Sint-Goedele-co-kathedraal) is a Roman Catholic church at the Treurenberg Hill in Brussels, Belgium. It serves as the co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels.
In 1047, Lambert II, Count of Leuven founded a chapter in this church and organized the transportation of the relics of Saint Gudula, housed before then in Saint Gaugericus Church on Saint-Géry Island. The patron saints of the church, archangel St. Michael and the martyr St. Gudula, are also the patron saints of the city of Brussels. In the thirteenth century, the cathedral was renovated in the Gothic style. The choir was constructed between 1226 and 1276. The façade was completed in the mid-fifteenth century.
The south tower contains a 49-bell carillon by the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry on which Sunday concerts are often given. The dimensions of the building are: overall length 114 metres (374 ft), implemented[clarification needed] length 109 metres (358 ft), exterior width at the choir 57 metres (187 ft), interior width 54 metres (177 ft), height of towers 64 metres (210 ft).
It serves as the co-cathedral of the Archbishop of Mechlin-Brussels, the Primate of Belgium, currently Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard. It is located in the national capital and therefore often used for Catholic ceremonies of national interest, such as royal marriages and state funerals.
- GCatholic.org: Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
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