Brussels what to see, attractions and monuments

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Information for visiting Brussels with directions and places of interest to visit major attractions.

Travel Guide Brussels

To visit Brussels, capital of Belgium and headquarters of the European Union, we can start from the Grand Place, a beautiful square listed as a World Heritage Site, surrounded by ornate buildings and the Hotel de Ville, the Town Hall, gothic style, topped by a statue of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of the city.
Near to square is the famous Manneken Pis fountain, where a boy who does happily pee is the mascot of Brussels. Another popular area that is worth seeing trips in Brussels, Place du Grand Sablon-dominated by the Church of Notre Dame du Sablon, in the Gothic style of Brabant. Over the weekend this square hosts an antiques market and art books.

In the city center stands the Cathedral of Saint Michel et Gudule, Gothic. Its construction began in the thirteenth century and was completed by the XVI-XVII century, it took almost three centuries to complete it. The cathedral was originally dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, assumed its present name after there were deposited the relics of Saint Gudula.

What to see in Brussels

Located in various parts of the city you can appreciate various buildings built in Art Nouveau style, as Brussels is famous for being one of the centers of diffusion of this art that has its greatest representative in Victor Horta (1861-1947). In a building designed by the famous architect houses the Museum of Comics.

Other Museums to visit are the Maison du Roi and the Museum of the City of Brussels who are the Town Hall, the Museum of Ancient Art, important for the knowledge of Flemish and Dutch, the Museum of Modern Art, dedicated to Art of the 1800s and 1900s, the Royal Museum of art and history that collects important archaeological collections. The locations of the main EU institutions, Commission, Parliament and Council of Ministers, are located in modern buildings in the “European Quarter” that stretches around the Schuman square.