If you are planning a trip to Brussels, you simply must take a visit to the site of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral, seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Malines-Brussels. The cathedral is a vibrant, cultural place, and is also a remarkable archaeological site, with a history that covers 12 centuries.
In 1047, Lambert II, Count of Leuven founded a chapter in this church and organized the transportation of the relics of Saint Gudula, housed before then in Saint Gaugericus Church on Saint-Géry Island. The patron saints of the church, archangel St. Michael and the martyr St. Gudula, are also the patron saints of the city of Brussels. In the thirteenth century, the cathedral was renovated in the Gothic style, and the façade was completed in the mid-fifteenth century.