Saint Nicolas Church 

Saint Nicolas Church is located at Korte Boterstraat 1, 1000 City of Brussels. This location is very close to the Bourse. The church is one of the oldest churches in Brussels and was named after St. Nicolas, the patron saint of traders. The market was just around the corner and was used by the traders. The church looks asymmetrical because there used to be a small brook that ran through the street. The entrance was built in the second half of the 12th century. The French bombing of the city in 1695 burned the church down. The church was rebuilt every time it suffered destruction. The church received the relics of the martyrs of Gorkum in 1868. The martyrs were Catholic priests who were executed in 1572 in the Dutch city of Gorkum when there were religious problems between Catholics and Protestants in both countries. There are many old houses adjacent to the church.