Saints Michael & Peter’s Church
Unique A rectangular building consisting of a central nave with a side aisle on each side. On the short side opposite the entrance, there is a round extension, the apse, where the altar is located. The Antwerp Saint Charles Borromeo church is based on this basilica structure.
An honorary title awarded to a church because of its special significance, for example as a place of pilgrimage. There are 29 basilicas in Belgium, the best known of which are the Basilica of Scherpenheuvel and the Basilica of Koekelberg. Worldwide this is Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. These churches do not have the architectural form of a basilica.
church with neo-Romanesque exterior and outline and neo-Byzantine interior. Architect Frans Van Dijk was inspired by Romanesque architecture in the Dordogne (France) and by the Latin-Byzantine and early Christian churches. The tympanum was made after the example of Chartres. In spite of its lavish ornaments the church emanates austerity and quietness. The interior decoration is loaded with symbolism. Impressive polished monolithic pillars. Splendid golden mosaics, pulpit and confessionals in white Carrara and other costly marbles, mosaics, brass and granite.
Saturday 17h00 : Evening prayer
Sunday 11h00 and 20h30 : This is the ritual that is the kernel of Mass, recalling what Jesus did the day before he died on the cross. On the evening of that day, Jesus celebrated the Jewish Passover with his disciples. After the meal, he took bread, broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat. This is my body.” Then he took the cup of wine, gave it to his disciples and said, “Drink from this. This is my blood.” Then Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” During the Eucharist, the priest repeats these words while breaking bread [in the form of a host] and holding up the chalice with wine. Through the connection between the broken bread and the “broken” Jesus on the cross, Jesus becomes tangibly present. At the same time, this event reminds us of the mission of every Christian: to be “broken bread” from which others can live.
Hours of visit
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Cuylitsstraat 24, 2018 Antwerpen,
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