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"Visit the Resurrection Chapel" Parc Léopold Tip by DanielF

Parc Léopold, Brussels: 9 reviews and 27 photos


Many visitors are surprised by the presence of this small chapel amidst the giantic builings that house the European institutions. Although it was built in the early XX century, we have to go well back in the time to know about its origins.

In the Middle Ages, there used to be a synagogue near what is now the Gare centrale where, according to the legend a miraculous deed occurred: the jews had stolen some consecrated hosts from a nearby church and took them to that synagogue, where they decided to stab them. To their total fear, the hosts started to bleed and the judes escaped in horror. The synagogue was subsequently abandonned and, in order to exorsice the cursed temple, it was decided to replace it by an expiatory chapel. That is how the Resurrection Chapel was born. Next to it, a Neo-Gothic red brick church was built in the XIX century.

The reason why these buildings stand now in the middle of the Quartier Léopold is simple: they were expropriated by the Belgian state in order to renovate the area of the Mont des Arts and the religious community who inhabited them decided to build an exact replica on their present location. As it often happens in Belgium, it took many years before the older buildings were finally demolished, so for several decades Brussels had two exact copies of the same building in two different locations.

Address: Rue Belliard, 1000 Bruxelles
Directions: At Chaussée d'Etterbeek
Phone: +32 2 279 61 00

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  • Updated May 3, 2007
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