The main squares of the Belgian cities: Brussels, Brugge, Antwerp
The main squares of the Belgian cities are considered to be among the most beautiful squares in Europe. You will definitely be amazed by the local architecture, despite the huge crowds of tourists and local residents. Each of these areas leaves an unforgettable impression in your memory.
Grand Place Square in Brussels
Before beginning the description of the Grand Place Square, I post the layout of all the buildings so that you can understand what is being said. I must say, the square is surrounded by rich buildings – the Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles), guild houses and the Bread House or the King’s House (Maison du Roi).
Grand Place (Grand Place) in Brussels is, in my opinion, the most beautiful area in Europe and the pearl of Flemish architecture. This is the main tourist site of Brussels, where all tourists flock to, and which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Especially rich are the houses of the guilds in the Baroque style. The houses are lavishly decorated with gold details and pompous elements. I will list which guilds belonged to a particular house. In total, you see 6 houses, for some reason the second house is numbered 2-3.
The Gothic Town Hall was built between 1402 and 1455, and despite the wars and troubles it still stands today, and the building is not a new development, unlike many similar buildings in Europe that were destroyed in wars! The height of the town hall is 96 meters. The five-meter sculpture of St. Michael, who is the patron saint of Brussels. If you look closely, you can see that the building is not symmetrical.
Pay attention to the rich design of the town hall, a large number of decorative elements and how they look easy.
Photo Bread House. The house received its name in the 12th century, since it traded bakery products. Currently, this building houses the Brussels City Museum, which contains a collection of exhibits telling about the history of the city. By the way, this is where the original Manneken Pis is kept.
Details of all the buildings in the square can be enjoyed for hours. Just pay attention to these gilded lions – it’s a work of art!
Architectural elements in Brussels
Behind the town hall begins a number of houses. It is necessary to highlight the most pompous of this series of houses, which belonged to the brewers guild. The house is crowned with a gilded statue of Karl Alexander of Lorraine, who at one time was governor and earned the fame of a just ruler. Currently, this house has a beer museum (Belgian Brewers Museum).
Flower lovers will be interested to know that every two years in the middle of August the square is decorated with flower carpet. The carpet imitates a huge tapestry, which is created from colorful begonias. About one million begonias are used to create a carpet of 1,800 square meters. This year, it will be possible to make breathtaking photos with a carpet from August 16 to 19.
Market Square in Bruges
In the film “To heal the bottom in Bruges” the city was shown in a rather depressive light, and when I looked at the picture I didn’t even pay attention to what a beautiful Market Square in Bruges (Grote Markt) was. But damn it, only for the sake of this square one could go to Bruges, and at the time of writing the article about the city I realized that I wanted to tell you separately about this place.
When approaching the square, Belfort van Brugge bell tower appears on the horizon of the 13th century.
The bell tower has become a symbol of the city and came under the protection of UNESCO. To see the city from the tower, you have to overcome 366 steps to climb to a height of 83 meters.
We look out onto the square, and the first very beautiful building, which is striking, is the Provinciaal Hof Building of the Court of the Province of West Flanders. The building was rebuilt several times, its prevailing architectural style is neo-gothic.