Royal Destination, besides that it certainly is worth to pay a visit.
|Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon - own picture taken in Brussels in 2012|
Some royal history
According to a legend, a local devout lady, Beatrijs Soetkens, had a
vision from the Virgin Mary to steal the statue of 'Our Lady on a little stick'
in Antwerp and bring it to Brussels. In Brussels, Duke John III of Brabant
waited for the arrival of the statue. Each year, members of the crossbow guild
carried the statue around the church and then in procession to the Grand Place,
this was called the 'Ommegang'.
|Interior of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon Church in Brussels|
|Interior of Our Lady of the Sablon Church in Brussels|
In the 15th. century the area around the church was renewed and extended
in order of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.
In 1505, the christening of Maria, Duchess of Burgundy (who would later
marry Archduke Maximilian of Austria) took place in the
Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon in Brussels.
Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy, the daughter of Maria of Burgundy
and Archduke Maximilian of Austria, also went to this Church to pray.
In the 17th. century, a powerful family, the Thurn and Taxis, who were
the postmasters of the Habsburg family across Europe, had a residence
across the south entrance of the Church. They instructed to build a family
chapel in the church.
|beautiful decoration in the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon in Brussels|
own picture taken in 2017
More recently, on 22 September 1984, Princess Astrid of Belgium,
daughter of King Albert of Belgium and Queen Paola, married Archduke
Lorenz of Austria-Este in ... the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon
The Church was built in Brabantine Gothic with rich Baroque chapels
in the interior.
|Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon - own picture taken in 2017|
|Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon, own picture taken in 2017|