Church of Our Lady of the Chapel

Copy after Peter Paul Rubens

Christ Giving the Keys to Saint Peter
Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Kapellekerk in Brussel (interieur)

Cemeteries are always special, but in this case even more so. None other than the great Pieter Bruegel is buried in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Kapellekerk. Be sure to come and salute the master.

Christus overhandigt de sleutels aan de heilige Petrus, Kopie naar Peter Paul Rubens

Church of Our Lady of the Chapel

Valuable paintings are kept alongside magnificent apostle statues in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Kapellekerk, the main church of a parish that counted many painters and tapestry workers amongst its inhabitants. In the 17th century this place of worship was the proud possessor of three paintings by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and his studio.

Christ Giving the Keys to Saint Peter

Rubens painted the original work around 1613-1615 at the request of his friend and colleague Jan Brueghel the Elder. The artwork was intended to decorate the memorial stone of his parents, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Maria Coecke van Aelst. That particular painting was sold in 1765 and replaced with a copy, at the buyer's expense. The copy can still be seen in the church


Practical information


1000 Brussel
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Opening hours

  • Open Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 18.00 hrs.

  • Open Saturday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.30 hrs.


  • Easy access for people with disabilities.

Good to know 

  • Admission: free

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