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  • 1 Place des Martyrs Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Martyrs B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Designed in 1774-1775, this urban development has sadly been left to ruin for too many years and is currently being restored. In the centre, there is a monument to the dead of the 1830 revolution by Guillaume Geefs (1838).

  • 2 Musee Charlier Interesting

    Museums and art

    av. des Arts 16 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This museum is situated in the house that Henri Van Cutsem, art lover and patron of Guillaume Charlier, gave to the artist. It houses a large number of paintings and sculptures as well as some fine collections of furniture, tapestries and decorative ..

  • 3 Le Botanique Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. Royale 236 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    The immense greenhouses of the former botanical gardens, the Cultural Centre of the French community in Belgium has a library, restaurant, cinemas, theatres and exhibition rooms. This busy place is worth a visit.

  • 4 Maison Cauchie Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. Des Francs B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This is the personal house of the architect and decorator Paul Cauchie, dating back to 1905. Its surprising façade is nearly entirely decorated with sgraffito, a technique similar to fresco.

  • 5 St Nicholas's Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    r. au Beurre 1 B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This church, which is surrounded by old houses, dates back to the 12C, but was almost entirely destroyed in the 17C. It is dedicated to the patron saint of boatmen. Its neo-Gothic façade only dates back to 1956. Inside, you will see that the choir is..

  • 6 Place du Grand-Sablon Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Grand-Sablon B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This is one of the most elegant squares in Brussels. It is lined with ancient façades, antique shops, many cafés and luxury restaurants. Its atmosphere will delight you.

  • 7 Church of Notre-Dame-du-Sablon Interesting

    Religious buildings

    r. de la Régence 3b B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This lovely flamboyant style building was originally a chapel of the crossbowmen. Legend has it that in 1348, the pious Béatrice Soetkens brought a statue of the Holy Virgin from Antwerp to Brussels as a gift for the crossbowmen. The chapel became a ..

  • 8 Place du Petit-Sablon Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Petit-Sablon B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Transformed into a little square, this is surrounded by statuettes that represent the trades of Brussels. There are also statues of the counts of Egmont and Hornes and the great humanists of the 16C. All are the work of Fraikin. In the southeast is t..

  • 9 Place Royale Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Royale B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Situated at the top of the Coudenberg ("Cold Mountain"), this elegantly proportioned, Louis XVI style square is the work of Frenchmen Guimard and Barré. It is dominated by the Church of St-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg. The centre of the square, w..

  • 10 Manneken Pis Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. le r. de l'Étuve et du Chêne B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Sculpted in 1619 by J Duquesnoy the Elder, the Manneken ("Little Man") Pis, or "Little Julian" used to bring water to the district. This little pot-bellied boy symbolises Brabançon vigour. In the name of decency, or to honour &quo..

  • 11 Les Marolles Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Blaes B - Bruxelles

    Between Notre Dame de la Chapelle and the Hal gate, this was traditionally a poor working district with its share of social problems. Here, it is said, the true Brussels inhabitants still live, but this is a rare breed; the zwanzeur spirit (cocky yet..

  • 12 Place de Brouckère Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de Brouckère B - Bruxelles

    In 1871, the mayor Jules Anspach decided to endow Brussels with a centre in keeping with its status as a capital. The French architects employed a Haussmannian model and used stone, a novelty in brick-built Brussels! If the square sung about by Brel ..

  • 13 Bois de la Cambre Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    av. de la Laiterie B - Bruxelles

    With undulating scenery surrounding a lake, this green oasis cuts into the capital as far as the southern end of avenue Louise. The English-style park (1860) is popular with joggers, and the lawns are handy for picnics. Bordered to the east by the sm..

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  • 16 Guildhouses

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grand-Place B - 1000 Bruxelles

    These houses surround the Grand-Place, and were built after the destruction of the city by the French in 1695, and restored in the 19C. Ionic, doric and Corinthian orders stand on the façades. Each is topped with a vaulted gable and decorated with sc..

  • 17 Town Hall

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grand-Place B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Built in the 15C, this is a Gothic masterpiece. In 1421, the Town Hall only took up the left wing and belfry. Its entrance was the current Lions staircase. In 1459, a slightly shorter right wing was added. The building is dominated by a magnificently..

  • 18 King's House

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grand-Place B - 1000 Bruxelles

    Situated on the site of the old bread market, this house, originally called the House of the Duke, used to house the tax and tribunal services. It was entirely rebuilt in 1515 and renovated in the 19C, nonetheless preserving its late 16C Gothic style..

  • 19 Place des Palais

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. des Palais B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This great square is surrounded by palaces. The Royal Palace is particularly imposing. Its arched colonnade façade was built under Léopold II. The Throne Room (1872) is sumptuous. The building on the east of the square is the Palace of Academies (182..

  • 20 Bourse

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Bourse B - 1000 Bruxelles

    This large construction looks similar to the Opéra Garnier in Paris. La Bourse (Stock Exchange) was built by Léon Suys from 1868 to 1873. The inspiration is Classical but the simplicity of its design is dominated by a decorative abundance. Auguste Ro..

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