Brussels-North Cultural Centre – the Maison de la Création (formerly the Church of Saint Nicolas)

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Brussels-North Cultural Centre – the Maison de la Création (formerly the Church of Saint Nicolas)

A modest rural structure dating from the first half of the 18th century, the Church of Saint Nicolas has retained its Classical pediment, as well as a number of Baroque elements from the previous century. To update the style of the building, the Norbertines of Dieleghem, who were under the pastoral care of a canon, used a traditional local material, white stone (Ledian sandstone). This was extracted from quarries that are still visible in the relief of the landscape at Heembeek. 
The restoration of the church, successfully completed by the City’s Historical Heritage Unit, took several years (2012-2016) and followed a number of highly detailed studies. 
In 2016, the former church was finally reopened to the public as the local French-language cultural centre for Neder-Over-Heembeek, an old rural village and, for almost one hundred years, a neighbourhood located far from the centre of the City of Brussels. The City has entrusted the management of the centre and responsibility for its varied, full cultural calendar to the Maison de la Création – the “House of Creation”. (Listed 14/03/1940)

Practical information

  • Place Saint-Nicolas/Sint-Nikolaasplein
    1120 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. from 10h00 to 18h00
    • B
      Zavelput