Brussels Places of Interest

Over the coming months there will be four blog posts for each city on the Davis High School Baroque Ensemble’s 2020 England-France Tour tour: Place of Interest; Concert Venue; Music; History of the city. This week’s post, the thirteenth of the series, is on the places of interest in Brussels.


Grand Place - Grote Markt

Grand Place – Grote Markt, Brussels

Brussels has several important art and history museums including the excellent Museum of Musical Instruments, a collection of over 8,000 instruments. The city has a number of fine Art Nouveau style buildings, most famously by the Belgian architect Victor Horta, and also buildings in the Art Deco style. The Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the main cultural site in the city center. The square is dominated by the 15thc. Town Hall, and the baroque Guildhalls of the various guilds of Brussels.

Atomium Expo '58

Atomium Expo ’58

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the city is the Atomium – a symbolic 338ft tall modernist structure built for the 1958 World’s Fair north of the city center. It consists of 9 steel spheres connected by tubes, and forms a giant model of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. The spheres contain exhibitions, with the the central sphere providing a venue for movies, concerts, & parties, and the top sphere is a restaurant. According to the website, ‘Mini-Europe’ located next to the Atomium, “…is the only park where you can visit the whole of Europe in a couple of hours. A truly unique voyage! Stroll amid the typical ambiance of the most beautiful towns of the ‘Old Continent.”

Mini-Europe

Mini-Europe

Other places of interest:

  • Belgian Museum of Fine Arts, and Parc du Cinquantenaire
  • 15th century church Notre Dame-du-Sablon
  • Mont des Artes
  • Victor Horta’s Art Nouveau Town Houses
  • Abbaye de la Cambre & gardens
  • 19th century Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert – one of Europe’s first covered shopping arcades
  • Train World
  • liCoudenberg Palace Archaeological Site
  • liBelgian Comic Strip Center – museum dedicated to cartoons
  • Place du Jeu de Balle – bric-a- brac street market
Art Nouveau Town House, Victor Horta

Art Nouveau Town House, Victor Horta

 


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