The Protestant Chapel
The private chapel of the Palace of Charles de Lorraine, the Church of Place du Musée is a real gem of 18th century art. Construction on it began in 1760, under the Austrian regime, according to the plans of the architect Jean Faulte.
The design of the building is reminiscent of that of the chapel of the Château de Versailles, which is also characterised by aisles surmounted by galleries. In October 1804, Napoleon signed an imperial decree which made the assignation of the chapel to the protestant religion official. Since 1830, the Belgian State has recognised the Church under the designation of “Eglise protestante de Bruxelles” (Protestant Church of Brussels). King Léopold I, of the protestant faith, made the Church the “Chapelle royale” (Royal Chapel) because he attended worship there, as the princes of the House of Orange had done previously.
The building was fully restored in 1970 and 1987, adhering to the original ornamentation from the 18th century, thus bringing to a close a long period of transformation and restoration of the famous buildings of Place du Musée.
Over and above its religious role, the Protestant Church of Brussels is a centre of musical culture within the Museum District. It regularly hosts concerts and welcomes students from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, providing them with a place and high-quality instruments for their competitive examination finals. The Church is also used for recordings by well-known performers.
A team of volunteers gives guided tours of the Church all year round by appointment and is there to receive visitors on Thursday afternoons during the summer months.
Place du Musée 2/ Museumsplein 2-1000 Bruxelles-Brussel
All year round, by appointment, a team of volunteers will give guided tours. In the summer, volunteers are on duty on Thursday afternoons.