Art & Architecture » Facts and Figures
  • The north tower of the Our Lady’s Cathedral is 123 meters high, the south tower 65.30 meters, the central aisle 28 meters and the lantern- or crossing-tower where the nave and transepts meet 43 meters.
  • On the interior, the Cathedral is 118 meters long. At the crossing, it is 67 meters wide. The maximum breadth of the nave is 53.50 meters.
  • The total surface area of the floor is 8,000 square meters. At big events, 2,400 seats can be provided for. In principle, the Cathedral can hold 25,000 people.
  • The surface area of the roof amounts to more than 10,000 square meters.
  • The Cathedral has 7 bays, 125 columns and 128 windows (of which 55 are stained-glass).
  • In the time of the guilds and trade associations, each of which had its own altar, there were 57 permanent altars distributed throughout the Cathedral.
  • The nineteenth-century Schyven organ has 90 registers and 5,770 pipes.
  • The Cathedral has a carillon with 49 bells at its disposal.
  • Of the bells that can be rung, the Karolus, which dates from 1507 and weighs 6,434 kilograms, is the heaviest.
  • Maintenance of the Cathedral costs 1.5 million euros per year.
  • Every year, approximately 360,000 people visit the Cathedral.