Brussels, Belgium

Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a Roman Catholic church in Belgium’s capital Brussels and is one of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in Belgium. The Cathedral originated as a chapel to honour St. Michael and was built on the Treurenberg hill in the 9th century. In the 11th century it was replaced by a Romanesque church and in the 13th century they added two round towers to the church. In total it took about 300 years to complete the entire church and it was finished in 1519 just before the reign of the emperor Charles V. Since 1962, the church is given the status of cathedral. The towers are each 64 metres high and the Cathedral is built of stone from the Gobertange quarry, which is located 45 km south-east of the city.

In the Cathedral you can visit exhibitions, events, concerts and other social events that take place on a regularly base. There is also a remarkable archaeological site and if you like, you can get a guided tour from one of the many volunteers. Because of the versatile character of the church there was a need for a complete, new audio system that can be used during these different types of events.

It was important that there was a clear sound reproduction in this acoustic difficult architectural form of the cathedral and that the audio speakers would blend in perfectly in the ancient cultural heritage. With all these factors in mind the installer decided to use 60 AUDAC AXIR design column speakers each one meter long. They are especially designed for optimal speech and sound reproduction in open areas with high ceilings. This is necessary for the comprehensibility of the priest during the mass service. They also installed 10 KYDO column speakers in support for the remaining spaces. The complete installation is powered by just one SMQ750 quad-channel power amplifier with WaveDynamics™ technology. 

Thanks to this complete AUDAC installation, all visitors of the cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula can enjoy their cultural and spiritual making the Cathedral ready for all future events.

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