Laeken cemetery

Creepy Travels – The Underground Cemetery Of Laeken

The cemetery of Laeken is the oldest cemetery of Brussels that is still in use. Its origins go back to the Middle Ages when Laeken was still a small village. Things changed in course of the 19th century when nobility, bourgeoisie and Royals moved to Laken, because of its beautiful landscapes. When the number of inhabitants exploded, it also meant that the cemetery had to be expanded.

Part of the expansion took place underground. Unfortunately, for some years this underground cemetery was closed due to renovation works; the only way to visit it was by breaking/sneaking in. That is not really my cup of tea, but recently the works were finished and the crypt was open for the public again.

When you enter the cemetery, go straight ahead and then to your left, until you see this big building.

Time to explore the underground cemetery. Lars and I visited this during a Saturday afternoon and we only encountered a handful of other visitors, half of whom were carrying professional camera equipment. The galleries were as good as empty.

I took a lot more pictures, to be honest, and converted most of them to black and white as well. Maybe I will use these for a Halloween special.

Lars and I went for a stroll amongst the graves. Maybe this sounds morbid to you, but this cemetery is actually a photogenic place. It is also the last resting place for local politicians, architects and artists. The Royals themselves, on the other hand, are not buried here, but rather in a crypt inside the church.

I treated the next pictures with a special filter in Aurora HDR in order to give them an ethereal look and feel.

It was our intention to visit the church as well, but there was a wedding going on and it seemed to last forever. After a 2-hour exploration of the cemetery, Lars and I gave up and went back home.

The cemetery of Laeken is open every day, from 8.30 until 16.00, except on Mondays when it is closed. You will find it at the O.L.Vrouwplein; the nearest metro station is Bockstael.


  • corneliaweberphotography August 9, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Beautiful statues. A many years ago I spent an entire week on all cemeteries in Paris, photographing all angel statues.

  • J.D. Riso August 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Looks like my kind of place.

    • Ingrid D. August 10, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      And it is the only underground cemetery in Brussels, as far as I know. Somebody told me to check out the cemetery of Molenbeek though, so keep an eye on this blog 🙂


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