The Church of Our Lady of Laeken (French: Église Notre-Dame de Laeken; Dutch: Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk van Laken) is a neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church in Laeken, Brussels, Belgium. It was originally built in memory of Queen Louise-Marie, wife of King Leopold I to the design of architect Joseph Poelaert.Put Church of Our Lady of Laeken on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Brussels travel route site.
Louise-Marie died in Ostend in 1850 and wished to be buried in Laeken. The nearby Royal Castle of Laeken was, and still is, the royal residence. Leopold I wished the church to be constructed in her memory and as a mausoleum for her.
The young architect Joseph Poelaert was chosen to design the new church. (He later became best known for the Law Courts of Brussels.)
Church of Our Lady of Laeken reviews
I had the opportunity to visit this church at a very special time: one of the few days during the year when the Royal Crypt is open for visiting. Our Lady of Laeken holds the tombs of every Belgian... more »
King Leopold I built this church in memory of his wife, Queen Louise-Marie. She is buries in the crypt along with other members of the Belgian royal family. The adjacent cemetery is known as the... more »
Great place with long history and a royal crypte. On the graveyard nearby, you can find spectacular funeral art, including an original statue of 'the thinker' from Rodin.
Stunning architecture. Really impressive to see and peaceful to wander around the cemetery.
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