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Brussels gets new church for first time in 35 years
A new church is to be built on the van Meyel square in the Brussels commune of Etterbeek.
The Brussels-Capital Region has awarded a building permit to the church wardens who own the plot of land where the church is to be built.
A neo-gothic church used to exist in that exact same place, but it was demolished in 1993 as it was in danger of collapsing.
Soon after the Saint-Gertrude church was demolished, a group of locals started raising funds to rebuild the church.
“These people have been waiting for the new church for 27 years,” a spokesperson for the Saint-Gertrude church parish told Bruzz. “The services have been taking place in a garage all this time,” he said, adding that each service tends to draw around 120 people.
Many locals, however, are opposed to the plans for the new church. It’s been gone for too long, they say.
“The square has become a community space,” said Mathieu Noël. “It has become a vibrant spot, one that is neutral and that isn’t Catholic.”
The last time a new church was built in Brussels was in 1985.
Photo: Google Maps
Written by Linda A. Thompson