Brussels and what needs to be done
The city of Brussels, as the capital of Flanders, Belgium, and Europe, has three important titles. The city was originally a castle that continued to expand into a square and market and eventually flourished as the economic, political, and social center of the Flemish capital. From comic strips to enjoy on the main square, there is a lot to do in Brussels, some of which are as follows:
Grand-Place (French name), Grote Markt (Dutch name)
The Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Brussels’ main tourist attraction, but it was originally a long way from a glorious place. This area is a swampy sandy beach between two river streams called Broek sella, and the name Brussels is derived from this combination. The sandy beach has been revitalized and turned into a market for French and English textiles.
In the Middle Ages, wooden houses were built around this market and until the fourteenth century, the rich built stone houses, which made this market an important commercial and administrative center of the city. The town hall was built in 1402 and was also a political center. This was a place where the dukes and members of the royal family and emperors met, But it is interesting to know that this square was also a place for execution.
Today, the main square is a vast and beautiful place and the most important square in the city of Brussels. This is a great space to explore and admire the magnificent stone houses that have all replaced the wooden houses. Many people have enjoyed the beauty of this space, including Victor Hugo and Baudelaire, who have talked about its charm.
Between March and October, there is a daily flower market in this square, and in the evenings, concerts and light shows are usually held next to it.
Hôtel de Ville, City Hall
When you are in the main square, do not forget to visit the Gothic City Hall. The building of this hall dates back to 1402 and is the seat of the civil government. It is an attractive building with arched windows, towers, and sculptural decorations, including St. Michael’s. If you have enough energy, climb the 96-meter Gothic tower and enjoy unique views across the city.
City Museum, Maison du Roi (French name) – Broodhuis (Flanders)
The French name translates as “House of Kings”, but although it is a masterpiece, no members of the royal family lived there. The Flemings call this place the “Bread House” because it was built on the site of the city’s bakery, which has been there for hundreds of years.
The museum is dedicated to the history of Brussels and the history of Brussels from the Middle Ages to the present is recounted on three different floors of the building.
Center Belge de la Bande Dessinée
Did you know that Belgium has the highest number of comic strip artists per square kilometer compared to other countries? If you like cartoons, you will enjoy this museum dedicated to comic strips. The center is located in the Waucquez warehouse, the work of Art Nouveau architect Victor Ortega, and is a masterpiece of its kind. In this museum, you can see the path that a comic strip artist takes from idea to display his work in shops. The museum houses more than 5,000 original paintings, and a complete section is dedicated to the famous Belgian cartoon hero Tintin.
You can see 6 examples of these beautiful wall cartoons in the corners of the city, which were ordered by the city of Brussels. Take a map of the tourist office located in the city hall and do not miss visiting these beautiful works of art.
Heysel Park and Atomium
Hazel Park is located in the west of Brussels and is dedicated to recreation and leisure. In 1985, the tragedy of the European Cup took place at Hazel Stadium, killing several spectators. The stadium was rebuilt after the incident and is now renamed King Baudoin Stadium.
One of the most notable places in the park is the Atomium, which is a glittering model of an atom 102 meters high, made of cream and steel and designed by Andre Waterkin.
This model was made for the 1958 World’s Fair to represent the “atomic age”. This is an accurate picture of an iron molecule 165 billion times larger.
Admittedly, this model is much more attractive from the outside than from the inside, but in any case, there is an elevator inside the model that takes fans to its highest point in 23 seconds, where they can enjoy delicious snacks while Enjoy the scenery as well.
Located near Atomium, Bruparck is a 25-hectare amusement park with a variety of attractions, including the Kine Polis Cinema Campus, an all-around Imax screen, L’Oceade Water Park, and The Village diners.
Of course, the attraction of this place is due to the existence of famous and symbolic buildings of EU countries in the dimensions of 1.25 mm of their actual size. You can hear various gondolas, the TGV train on the way to Paris, and even the sound of Big Ben here.
Holy Heart Church Basilica of the Sacred Heart
This church is the fifth largest church in Europe with its Art Deco style. This building overlooks Elizabeth Park with its remarkable dimensions. Although the church is built on the Sacré-Coeur in Paris, unlike the original white, the building is made of concrete and red bricks. King Leopold decided to build this building in 1902 and 1905 he built the first stone with his own hands. The church was finally completed in 1971 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Belgium’s independence.
The dome platform of this church, which is 33 meters in diameter, offers a beautiful view of Brussels and its surroundings.
Royal Museums of Fine Arts Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts
The complex includes two museums: the Museum of Ancient Art, founded by Napoleon and famous for displaying excellent works by Flanders, and the Museum of Modern Art. This museum was added to the complex in 1984 and has 8 floors, most of which are underground. These floors have 600 years of art history, including paintings, sculptures, and paintings.
Certainly, the experience of any city would not be complete without shopping. Fans of antiques can visit the market dedicated to the same subject in the Place du Grand Sablon and find special and unique objects in the squares and streets branching out from them, among which the streets of Rue de la Paille, Rue des Minimes, and Rue de Rollebeek are particularly interesting.
Do not forget the Belgian chocolates. If you want to buy praline, you can go to Mary Chocolate Store. If you want to sit in a suitable space and enjoy tea and chocolate, Wittamer is a good choice, and if you are looking for attractive chocolate samples to buy, try Pierre Marcolini. Some chocolates are covered with real and edible gold.
If you are looking for fashion designers, go to galleries. There are three galleries in Brussels, St. Hubert’s Gallery, the King’s Gallery, and the Queen’s Gallery, which you can visit.