The Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula offers you an interactive tour within its walls.
Visitors who pass through the doors of the Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula in Brussels can now discover its history and masterpieces in an interactive tour.
For more than 6 centuries, our cathedral, one of the most beautiful in Europe, welcomes visitors and faithful. It is now a major tourist attraction in Brussels: several hundred thousand visitors visit this major monument of Belgian heritage every year, and show great curiosity about Gothic architecture, works of art and stained glass windows. This is why the Cathedral Church Factory wanted the public to discover its treasures in an immersive experience to live within the cathedral in order to immerse visitors in history.
This unique visit was carried out in partnership with the Brussels startup Neareo, which offers interactive applications for the tourism sector. It also benefited from the support of the Asbl Eglise et Tourisme Bruxelles, visit.brussels and the Brussels-Capital Region.
For the small fee of 4 euros, the visitor can, using his phone, scan one of the 16 QR codes inside, and access the narration of stories, anecdotes and historical elements, as well as photos showing details difficult to see with the naked eye (as for the stained glass windows). The visit, which is available in two formats, lasting 30 or 45 minutes, and in 4 languages (French, Dutch, English and Spanish), requires earpieces, and allows you to listen to the great organs.
The first comments of the tourists are laudatory, as illustrated by the words of an American couple passing through Brussels, who describe the visit as “very informative” and allowing “to really discover the cathedral!”.
To discover this visit, go to the Cathedral with your smartphone and earpieces.
About the Church Factory:
The Church Factory of the Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula in Brussels is a public establishment whose status is fixed by the Imperial Decree of 30 December 1809 concerning church factories (a matter regionalised by a Brussels ordinance of 19 February 2004). It is composed of volunteers and is responsible for the maintenance and conservation of the cathedral, in order to allow the celebration of worship.
About Neareo (Flagworlds sprl):
Flagworlds helps companies and organisations in the tourism and heritage sector to digitise and provide a wide range of services. Through web applications, QR codes and interactive kiosks, Flagworlds offers mixed solutions, combining reality and digital, and creates new customer journeys for visitors.
In 2020, Flagworlds won the “Environment and Heritage” prize of the Geochallenge (organised by the Public Service of Wallonia and Digital Wallonia) to highlight the historical heritage of the Meuse Valley (Citadel of Namur, Namur Cathedral, City of Dinant).
About the Asbl Eglise et Tourisme Bruxelles:
The association Eglise et Tourisme Bruxelles has been working for many years, with its team of experienced volunteer guides, to offer you free guided tours of the churches of Brussels, in order to make discover to the greatest number of people the rich religious heritage of Brussels.
For the Church Factory of the Cathedral:
Gaëtane Demeure, firstname.lastname@example.org (+32 479 99 89 50)
For Neareo.com (Flagworlds bvba):
Jérôme Corbiau, email@example.com (+32 4 7766 7776)
For the Asbl Eglise et Tourisme Bruxelles:
Julie Gilson, firstname.lastname@example.org (+32 473 77 24 32)
With the support of the Brussels-Capital Region and visit.brussels.