20/50.- Brussels, Saint Mary's Church
Sainte Marie was built to close the perspective of the Royal
Avenue, the street linking the King's residence to his uptown
palace. It is the only example of Byzantine architecture in
Brussels. It used to host a Roman Catholic parish but now stands
in an overwhelmingly Muslim quarter of town. It has long been
neglected and parts of the inside have been damaged by moisture
and a fire. But reconstruction proceeds whenever money avails.
Funds are gathered by organizing concerts and other cultural
activities in the church. The crypt hosts an ecumenical centre.