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Brussels, Belgium - attractions, pictures

 

Brussels (Bruxelles), if you believe the Internet, the city is not so big - less than 150 thousand inhabitants, but it seemed to me a real metropolis. Whether the territorial stretch (I lived on the outskirts and went by bus to the center of about forty minutes), or a huge number of tourists, give the feeling of a really metropolitan city. And, the traffic flows are impressive.
By the way, about transport - the Brussels airport (site of Brussels airport) was struck by an unprecedented speed of service - in 15 minutes after disembarking from the plane, I was already sitting on the train.
In Brussels, again by the Internet, there are not so many historical sights, so I left for the acquaintance with the city the last half a day before the flight. Now I think that this is too little ...

The cathedral of Brussels became a cathedral only in 1962. The church, in which the relics of St. Gudula, began to build in the XI century on the site of the church of St. Michael - hence dedication to the two saints. By the way, the remains of St. Gudula (patroness of Brussels) in the cathedral is no more - what was left after the plundering of the temple by Protestants in the 16th century is stored in German Abingen.
In the process of restoration work in the late XX century romanesque crypt of the 11th century was discovered.

 

 Brussels. Cathedral of St. Michael and Gudula

Cathedral of St. Michael and Gudula
 Cathedrale Saints-Michel-et-Gudule (XI-XV c.)

 

 Brussels.Cathedral of St. Michael and Gudula

Cathedral of St. Michael and Gudula
 Cathedrale Saints-Michel-et-Gudule (XI-XV c.)

 Brussels. Кафедральный собор св. Михаила и Гудулы

Cathedral of St. Michael and Gudula
 Cathedrale Saints-Michel-et-Gudule (XI-XV c.)

 Brussels. Cathedral of St. Michael and Gudula - Crypt

Cathedral of St. Michael and Gudula - Crypt
 Cathedrale Saints-Michel-et-Gudule (XI-XVI c.)

 

The main tourist attraction is the Grand Place. Honestly, there is not much historicity in it, as it seems at first glance. In general, stone buildings, instead of wooden ones, appeared here only in the 17th century, but they were also repeatedly destroyed and restored.
The exception is the town hall, the main part of which (turned to the square) was built from 1402 to 1455.

 

 Brussels. Grand Place
Grand Place

 Brussels. Grand Place
Grand Place

 Brussels. Grand Place

Grand Place

 

 Brussels. Town Hall

Town Hall
 Hotel de Ville (XV-XVIII c.)

 

In Brussels, as in many popular tourist cities, the situation with the identification of sights is very bad. For example, I accidentally saw the remains of some of the city's fortifications, and on the tourist map missing, and on the site is not indicated.

 

 Brussels. Fortifications

Fortifications

 

Well, and, what Brussels without a pissing boy. By the way, I thought that this is a modern invention for attracting tourists. But no. A fountain with a stone boy existed in the 14th century, and in the 16th century the figure was replaced by the bronze one.

 

 Brussels. Pissing boy

Pissing boy
Manneken Pis

 

 

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Tourist map of sights of Brussels
Tourist map of sights of Brussels

Map of the center of Brussels
Map of the center of Brussels

 




 
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