Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Capital of Europe

In 1958 members of the new European Union decided that most of their functions should be performed in one city and Brussels became the ideal choice because of its proximity to Paris, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Cologne, all of which can … Continue reading

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Statues Inside the Cathedral in Brussels

The religious wars in the Spanish Netherlands during the late 16th and early 17th centuries culminated in the Protestant northern provinces breaking off and forming the Dutch Republic and the Catholic southern provinces in what is now Belgium and Luxembourg … Continue reading

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The Stained Glass Windows of St Michael and St Gudula

The church of St Michael and St Gudula, begun in 1226, was nearing completion three hundred years later when Charles V took over the reigns of the Holy Roman Empire — just in time for the installation of the stained … Continue reading

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Inside the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula

The majority of the churches we visited in Europe in May of 2012 had their origins with the building of Romanesque structures about a thousand years ago. St Michael and St Gudula was no exception. Count Lambert II founded a … Continue reading

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Outside the Cathedral in Brussels

After visiting the Grand Place (see previous posting) on Monday, May 28, 2012 we walked up the hill in a north-easterly direction and soon found ourselves on the steps of The Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula, informally known … Continue reading

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