Everybody knows the Basilique of Koekelberg, often referred to as ‘oh yeah that ugly green building near that big park’. And to be frank people are right, nobody is really amazingly enthusiastic about the church and it does not have a unique selling proposition when it comes to architecture nor interior design. Although it’s ranked as the fifth biggest church in the world, it does not give the familiar feeling of a church. The colored windows are very nice, but there are too many bricks involved and not enough finesse.
But, the Basilique has one big advantage for spotters and that is its height! At nearly 53 meters you get to see all of Brussels and it is really amazing. And when it is not too cloudy you can even see the Cathedral of Mechelen, which is situated at around 30 kilometers from Brussels. You will also be able to see the big park, which is the gateway to the city centre. Try to visit the Basilique on a sunny day.
Time for pictures!