A new station of the Brussels Metro, a rapid transit system serving Belgium’s capital city and several neighboring municipalities, was opened. The Sainte-Catherine metro station owes its name to a nearby historic Catholic church in the section of central Brussels known as the Lower Town. The station marked the western terminus of the Brussels Metro until the inauguration of the Beekkant metro station in the municipality of Sint-Jans-Molonbeek in 1981.
One of the more unique aspects of the Sainte-Catherine metro station is that it was built on the now-covered space of an old harbor dock in Brussels. As a result of this location, the tunnel serving the station is not as far beneath the ground at that site as it is just about anywhere else in the Brussels Metro. In addition, the station is one of only a handful in Brussels without any underground mezzanine. The Sainte-Catherine station also has the distinction of being situated immediately west of the sharpest curve in the entire Brussels Metro.