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The Botanical Gardens build from 1826 to 1829
Home to numerous cultural events, such as temporary exhibitions, projections, concerts and Theatre.
Style Built in a combination of neo- classical style and Modern construction techniques, using steel and glass
History Built for the Royal Society of Horticulture to house its collection of rare exotic plants. Home of the“Centre Culturel de la Communauté Française” since 1984.
Location Rue Royale 236, 1030 Bruxelles
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La Maison du Roi (Grand Place) The original building dates back to the 13th century
It was damaged by a bombing in 1695 and re- built in the years 1873 to 1896
Style Flamboyant Gothic
History Originally built as a granary. Charles Quint renovated the building between 1516 and 1532, changing it from a granary to a house for the aristocracy. Hence the name “Maison du Roi” (the King’s house). The building was re-built in the 19th century, according to plans from the 15th century. Today it houses the “Musée de la ville de Bruxelles”, the Brussels citymuseum. (See also museum section)

Le Manneken Pis
Jean Duquesnoy, Sr., created the bronze sculpture in 1619 to decorate a fountain..
Location Rue de l'Etuve, 1000 Bruxelles
Legend There are several legends about the significance of the Manneken Pis’ gesture. According to one of them he put out the burning fuse of a bomb that was supposed to blow up the town hall. That way he is believed to have prevented a blaze. The Manneken Pis is the mascot of the people of Brussels, a symbol for their warrior spirit and the best-known image of Brussels around the world. The Manneken Pis’ wardrobe, some of it on display, is kept in the “Maison du Roi”

La Place des Martyrs de la Liberté Built in 1775
Style Classical
Sights Monument created by G. Geefs, who dedicated it to the martyrs of the 1830 revolution. Visits of the crypt by appointment and for groups only. Contact Mr. A. Lenaerts; rue LT J. Becker, 1040 Brussels.
Tel +32.2.735.96.05

La Place Sainte Catherine
History Oldest place of Brussels, fish market from 1884 to 1955
A voir Anspach Fountain (mayor of Brussels from 1864 to 1899)

Le Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (of Opéra National)
Built in 1819, burned down in 1856 and re- built in 1859 by the architect Poelaert.
Style neo-classical
Location Place de la Monnaie
History This is the place where the 1830 rebellion started, that eventually lead to Belgian independence.

Stock exchange built in 1873
Style inspired by the neo- classical style
Sights laborated, sculptured ornaments, some of them created by the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin
Rue H.Maus 2, 1000 Bruxelles
Tel +32.2.509.12.11
Open on request from monday to friday
Entrance Free

La cathédrale Saint Michel et Gudule
History The cathedral was built on the ruins of a 12th century Roman temple. The construction took place over an extended period of time, from the 13th to the 17th century.
Style Gothic
Sight baroque furniture, stained glass windows
Location Parvis Sainte Gudule, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm (November 1 and March 31) until 6pm
  • on Sundays and bank holidays 2pm to 7 pm. (November 1 and March 31 until 6pm)
Entrance free
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Les Galeries Saint-Hubert built in 1847
Shopping mall that consist of the Queen’s gallery, the King’s gallery and the Prince’s gallery. The mall houses a number of elegant boutiques, appartments, offices, a theatre and a cinema
Location starts at the rue du Marché aux Herbes
Style Inspired by Italian classicism

The Grand-place
History The market square was the heart of the old town since the 13th century. It was the site of the farmers’ market until 1969. The town hall has been on the Grand Place since the 15th century. The Grand Place was bombed in 1695 by Louis XIV and re-built according to plans dating back to the 17th century.
Style facades are in Italian- Flemish baroque style
  • Historic houses around the Grand Place (mainly houses that belonged to craftspeople),
  • the Town Hall,
  • the “Maison du Roi”
You can rent an audio- guide at the tourist office.
Tel. +32.2.513.89.40 - Fax +32.2.514.45.38

The Town Hall (Grand-PIace)
The construction began in the 15th century and it was not finished until the 17th century.
Style gothic
Sights the 96 meters high tower with its lancet- shaped roof numerous sculptures on the facade, the gold leaf bronze sculpture of St Michael on the rooftop Brussels tapestry is on display inside the town hall
History The architect Jean Van Ruysbroek who was in charge of the construction of the building, committed suicide when he realised that the main entrance of the tower was not perfectly centred.
Location Grand-Place - Brussels


Open Tuesday to Friday, 9.30 am to 12.15 pm and 1.45 pm. to 5 pm.
Closed: Mondays and Saturdays, January 1, May 1, November 1 and 11, December 25.
Price on request, guided tours only, free admission on July 21 and August 15.

ville - At 150 meters from
taxi - At 150 meters from Central Station, HUB, public transport (trains, subway, bus)
chien - Pets accepted
fumeur - No smoking

Rue de la Montagne 20 - 22
B - 1000 Brussels

Tel.: +32.2.513.29.73
Fax: +32.2.502.13.50