Friday, January 9, 2015

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudule in Belgium


Cathedrale St. Michel et Ste Gudule
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudule

This is postmarked in 2010 with two Belgium bird stamps.

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The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a Roman Catholic church on the Treurenberg Hill in Brussels, Belgium.

A chapel dedicated to St. Michael was probably built on the Treurenberg hill as early as the 9th century. In the 11th century it was replaced by a Romanesque church.

In the thirteenth century, Henry I, Duke of Brabant ordered two round towers to be added to the church. Henry II, Duke of Brabant instructed the building of a Gothic collegiate church in 1226. The choir was constructed between 1226 and 1276. It took about 300 years to complete the entire church. It was completed just before the reign of the emperor Charles V commenced in 1519.

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