What to See in Brussels (Belgium)

What to See in Brussels (Belgium)

The history of Brussels dates back almost one and a half millennia, and during this time each passing era has left its mark on the city. Thanks to this, foreign tourists can appreciate all the richness of the architectural heritage of both the Middle Ages and the industrial era.

According to ITYPEJOB, the central square of Brussels – the heart of the ancient city, has the shape of a regular rectangle, on the sides of which are the main architectural sights – for example, the City Hall with its elegant watchtower. Opposite the town hall is the equally famous King’s House., and on the sides – various houses of the former guilds of the 17th century. During the day, this square serves as a theater for the flower market, and the evening lighting makes it a truly magical place, where on certain days of the week you can listen to open-air classical music concerts.

City Hall – the most remarkable of the ancient monuments of Brussels and one of the most beautiful buildings of Gothic architecture in Belgium. Its left wing was built in 1402, and the right wing a little later – in 1444, and the watchtower – another five years later. At its top rises a five-meter weather vane depicting St. Michael slaying a dragon.

House of the King, in which none of the kings has lived in history, was built a little earlier – in the XIII century. During its existence, it was both a warehouse for bakers and a state prison, in which even high-ranking Belgian nobles were kept before execution. At the moment, it houses the Communal Museum of Brussels, which has a rich collection of faience and porcelain.

However, the most famous landmark of Brussels, and probably the whole of Belgium, is Manneken Pis.. The history of this legendary Brussels character has not yet been fully elucidated – according to the most plausible version, one of the wealthy citizens lost his only son in the crowd during the festivities. Five days later, he found him at the intersection of city streets, when this kid was doing what he still does.

According to a more brutal version, the boy saved the city by extinguishing the fuse lit by the enemies of the city in this way. But be that as it may, in 1619 the bronze analogue of the hero of Brussels was presented to the grateful citizens.

“Manneken-Pis” is a friend of the people, awarded a number of civil and military awards. He has one of the most complete and varied wardrobes that has ever existed, since for three hundred years it has been a great honor to present him with another suit.

Fine art lovers should not miss a visit to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts with an extensive collection of masterpieces of world art, including many paintings by Rubens himself.

For travelers in a hurry, Brussels presents a unique chance – to appreciate the most famous and beautiful buildings in Europe, however, reduced by exactly 25 times, on the territory of the Mini-Europe park, where the Eiffel and the Leaning Towers of Pisa are only a few steps apart.

Ghent (Belgium)

Ghent is one of the richest cities in Belgium with historical and architectural sights. This is facilitated by both its considerable age (about 1200-1300 years) and the most active role of the city as a center of trade in medieval Europe. Indeed, in the first half of the second millennium, Ghent was considered the second largest European city, second only to Paris. The violent and freedom-loving nature of the locals constantly resulted in uprisings against excessive taxes and restrictions on civil liberties, which, in turn, caused the development of a punitive apparatus.

You can get acquainted with the most common ways of “working with the population” by visiting the Castle of the Council of Flanders, where torture chambers, instruments of torture and swords for execution are presented for inspection.

It is worth starting a sightseeing of architectural sights from St. Michael’s bridge, thrown over the Lys Canal, as well as a magnificent watchtower, and then enjoy the view of the majestic Castle of the Counts of Flanders (founded in 1180).

Be sure to visit the oldest of the city quarters – Patershol, some of whose houses are almost twice as old as our St. Petersburg. Currently, they are occupied by antique shops and cozy restaurants.

Art lovers should not pass by the Cathedral of St. Bavo (XII century.), the frescoes in which belong to the brushes of Jean Van Eyck himself, his famous masterpiece, Adoration of the Lamb, is also stored there.

Liege (Belgium)

Most ancient cities of Wallonia. Having got here for the first time, it is better to start your journey around the city from St. Lambert Square, then listen to the tour at the Palace of the Bishops, then slowly enjoy the view of the local City Hall.

The real symbol of Liege is located in the very center of the market square – here stands the famous fountain, which is a symbol of freedom. The platform – as the townspeople call it – is a fountain and a column with four lions.

For those who like to wander through the museums in Liege the Museum of Walloon Life and the Museum of Walloon Art, widely known in Europe, are located.

And for ordinary tourists, the historical center of Liege , which is almost the largest pedestrian zone in Europe, with a diameter of almost three kilometers, will become a real gift.

Brussels (Belgium)