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Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal)
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Only a small part of the cathedral was open to view as there are extensive renovations going on. You could see a small amount of the stained glass but the majority was behind scaffolding. The outside of the cathedral is very photographic, the masonry seems to change colour depending on the weather and of course when it is lit up at night. Well worth a visit and hopefully the renovations will not take as long as they have been going on at The Church of our Lady.

Thank LizMarcWirralEngland
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Beautiful Cathedral well worth a visit. This cathedral has amazing stained glass windows and art work.

Thank TravelingDs1998
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Unfortunately my review is some months old, so hopefully the things that I found awe inspiring are still there.
I really enjoyed The Welcome Church of Our lady but I just loved this cathedral!!! It’s grand, it’s imposing, and it’s filled with all sorts of special things. The serenity, but at the same time vibrancy, I felt when I entered this church was palpable.
Parts of the Cathedral were built during 1230s; tower, nave, transepts and choir. It’s worth taking your time to really look at every nook and cranny of the cathedral because surprises abound. To understand the older parts of the church take a look at the old tombs; with their decorations intact. There is a model of the cathedral, cleverly made so it is possible to understand the additions/renovations made transforming this parish church into a cathedral.
Look upwards and see the different styles used on the ceiling. Some have stone ribs that hold the ceiling up; with what I’m guessing isn’t the original paint but nevertheless gives an indication of an older style decoration. In one of the chapels the ceiling is white and very ornately carved.
The stained glass windows are lovely and worth taking some time to really study. There is so much going on in them.
Dominating one end of the nave is the massive loft organ with a carved statue of maybe Peter, robes billowing. You can almost feel the thunder and authority in him!!
Many of the pillars are richly decorated with painted designs but some of the pillars also have old paint on them, worn and flaking away. It’s funny because I didn’t find this shabby but endearing, allowing us to look back to the past. Tucked in the embrace of still other pillars are alcoves to Our Lord and Our Lady; at the foot of these, are piles of petitions.
The choir is a treasure trove; housing the main altar and beautifully carved choir stalls. Above the choir stalls are the coat of arms of the Order of the Golden Fleece, a chivalry order founded in 1430 by Duke Phillip III of Burgundy to celebrate his marriage to the Portuguese princess Isabel of Aviz. Tucked behind the main altar is the interestingly decorated sepulchre for the Bishops of Brugge. Within close proximity of the main altar are a number of tombs of famous Flemings; one being Joseph Adrien Le Bailly, who was the Lord of Inghen and Mayor of Bruges for 25 years in the 1700s. He died at the old age of 84, showing amazing longevity for the time.
Take your time wandering along the aisles of the cathedral, so you can absorb all that line them. Like the 2 slabs of stone that are carved with 3 people in a medieval style of dress; they probably would have made a good “rubbing” template at some point. Or the ornate silver shrine of St Eligius and probably more ornately decorated shrine of Charles the Good. The voluptuous statue of maybe Mary Magdalene, she’s so womanly but at the same time chaste, (this was one of my favourite pieces). Then there’s the statue of Mary holding her dying son, her eyes reflecting the anguish a mother would feel at losing her child. Along the walls are paintings by Flemish artists.
As I said at the start of the review I just loved this Cathedral and spent about 2 hours there.

Thank 35yrdream
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

This cathedral really is beautiful, from the outside and inside. It also features medieval coffin with original murals inside, the artwork/relics museum is particularly impressive.

Unfortunately, some of the cathedral was blocked off for renovation work but the remainder that was on show was still awe inspiring.

Thank JoelGE
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Unfortunately, half of the building inside was blocked off due to a huge amount of scaffolding but what we saw was beautiful. Hard to believe that the building is a stone's throw away from back street shops but a huge building inside. Architecture, sculptures and ornaments are stunning.

Well worth a visit!

Thank StuMcS
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