Church of Our Lady of Laeken, Brussels

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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.

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.)

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  • 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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