You read the headline right: base jumping inside a Belgian Basilica. Namely, the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart (or Koekelberg Basilica) in Brussels — the sixth largest church in the world. Base jumping off buildings isn’t a new idea—i’m sure it’s appeared in at least one James Bond movie—but base jumping in a building…is so insanely compelling. It’s amazing to think that these buildings are massive enough actually parachute inside, leaping down from the top of cupola and floating slowly to the center of the nave. So where else should these architectural daredevils tempt fate? The Dom in Koln? St. Peters in Rome? Security might be a bit high there, but it would be great to see a complete video travelogue documenting base jumps inside the greatest cathedrals of Europe. Forget the money-shot photo-op, base jumping should be the new architectural tourism. The video is a must see. It’s after the jump, but we warned — there’s an annoying commercial before the actual base jumping…which. is. AWESOME.
[image via Wikipedia]
First a little perspective on the Basilica. Built between 1905 and 1971, it was designed by architect Albert Van Huffel, who—at least according to Wikipedia— also has the honor of winning an architecture prize for the design at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs en Industriels Modernes in 1925.