The chapel in the woods

In the middle of the 'Buggenhoutbos' one of the biggest forests in Flanders you can find the 'boskapel' chapel. The chapel was built between 1505 and 1506 by 'Jacoba van Heffene' in honor of her husband and knight 'Jan de Rijcke'. He was killed while hunting by a wild boar. The chapel is built on the same spot he died.

The baroque style building is also dedicated to 'Our sweet Lady of sorrows'. Between 1664 and 1667 the chapel was rebuild by 'Alexander van Bournonville', his Coat of arms and the year 1667 are still on the facade. Inside the the chapel you can find some unieke pieces of art and decorations by different famous Belgian sculptors like 'Filips de Backer' and 'Van Passel'. In 1950 the chapel was restored and is now a protected monument.

The 'Buggenhout' woods and its chapel are open to the public, you can find it at this address: Kasteelstraat 212, Buggenhout.

The Notre-Dame du Sablon church in Brussels

Originally this flamboyant building was the chapel of the crossbow shooter guild. According to a legend, the devoted spinster 'Beatrijs Soetkens' would have brought a statue of the Virgin Mary from Antwerp to Brussels in 1348 to donate it to the crossbow shooters guild. another story tells that the statue was stolen and brought to Brussels by boat. Around 1400 the chapel became a popular pilgrimage so it was expanded to serve as a church. In 1550 the new church was completed. But it was manly the statue of the virgin Mary that gave the church its popularity. It is also the origin of the 'Ommegang', a historic procession in Brussels.

Particularly in the church are the slender chorus and the high windows. Note that church has no actual tower. Furthermore, there are many artworks to be admired. There is for example the baroque pulpit dating back to 1697 and a restored Goynaut organ. The church also houses some grave monuments and some anonymous 16th and 17th century paintings.

You can find the Notre-Dame du Sablon at this address: Regentschapsstraat 3, Brussels.

The house of European history in Brussels

The new museum is a place to ask, talk and think about the history and future of Europe and the European Union. The museum takes you on a journey through European history, along myths and discoveries to the chaos and cohesion of the twentieth century.

The European History House is located in the beautifully renovated Eastman building in the Brussels Leopold Park. The collection can be seen and experienced in all 24 official languages ​​of the European Union. Access to the museum is free. The museum also offers tours and programs tailor-made to give everyone a fascinating experience. Welcome to Europe!

You can find the house of European history at this address: Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 135, Brussels.

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The church of Our Lady in Bruges

The construction of the church began around 1225. She was built on the relics of a former, presumably 9th century Roman chapel. The 122 meter high brick tower controls the Brugse skyline. The hull of the tower was built between between 1270 and 1340. The tip however was added much later in the 15th century and was again rebuilt in the 19th century.

The church is mostly known because it houses the tomb and body of Mary of Burgundy. Besides that, many of the visitors come to the Church to see the famous statue of Michelangelo 'Madonna with child'. The church offers many other great art treasures as well, like an organ from the 18th century with an imposing triumphal cross dating from 1594. Also very impressive are the rococo style pulpit and lots of special and priceless paintings. One of them is the beautiful triple of Bernard of Orley painted between 1534 and 1542.

You can find the church of Our Lady at this address: Mariastraat, Bruges.

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