"Walk to the Church Saint Nicholas" Biking & Walking Brussels Tip by DanielF
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From the Grand Place, it is a short walk to the Church of Saint Nicholas through the charming and tempting Butter Street (it is full of chocolate and biscuit stores, including the world famous Biscuiterie Dandoy).
The church itself is not very large. It was originally a chapel that the traders let built in honour of their saint patron near the Market Square. Nowadays, the church is still closely connected to trade, as tiny houses hosting different kinds of businesses are attached to all but one of its walls.
The building was also severely damaged in the 1695 bombing and almost all the original Gothic features were replaced by Baroque decorations when it was rebuilt. It used to have a belltower that collapsed a few years after it was rebuilt for the excessive weight of the bells. After that, the church has remained towerless.
After so many renovations, the interior shows equally a collage of artistic styles ranging from Medieval elements to contemporary additions, but Baroque features are predominant. In any case, the bizarre curved main nave is worth a visit of a few minutes.
The builidng has undergone a complete renovation for several years and has recently been reopened to the public.
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