About Brussels

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Brussels, the capital of Belgium, has evolved over the years to play varying roles in the world. Today it is one of the most important centers of international politics. It is one of the largest metropolitan cities of its country and has become increasingly French-speaking. Besides its political importance it also comprises of pleasing aesthetic beauty. The sights are worth seeing and the monuments worth visiting. The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula or ‘Cathédrale Saints-Michel-et-Gudule’ is a Roman Catholic Church found on the Treurenberg hill in Brussels. The Duke of Brabant stored the relics of saint Gudula here. … Continue reading

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Situated in Brussels which lies in the capital region of Belgium, Saint Gilles is a commune with a varied population and a number of art nouveau buildings that are worth visiting. Some consider Saint Gilles as the centre of artist’s lives. The rich private houses in some of its areas are just unbelievable. Houses of all sorts of architecture are found here. Masterpieces of renowned architects and designers like Horta, Struyvens, and Hankar litter the town’s upper area. The Horta museum or Musée Horta, which is actually the houses that Horta designed for himself, has been declared as a World … Continue reading

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Situated at the foot of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium, Mini-Europe is one of the most unique amusement parks and probably the only one which allows you to experience the whole of Europe within the duration of just a few hours. The park’s area is about 24000 square meter and about €10 million were invested in its construction. Almost 80 cities and 350 buildings of Europe can be seen here. Though only representations these monuments have a very realistic feel and is worth visiting. So if you can’t afford a trip to Europe you may want to visit Mini-Europe in … Continue reading

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The beguinages are the homes of beguinages which were actually small communities of women that emerged as early as the 13th Century in countries like Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands. These ladies, known as Beguines, led a sacred life in a quiet seclusion, without taking religious vows. Belgium has the remnants of the beguinages in 20 cities, of which 13 have been inscribed on UNESCO’S World Heritage List and the Anderlecht Beguinage in Brussels is one of them. The Anderlecht Beguinage is composed of four simple houses which are arranged around a central garden close to the church. It … Continue reading

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The city of Brussels abounds in greenery with a host of parks and gardens, each one unique in its own history, organization, sculptures, architecture, trees, and so on. Some of the famous parks and gardens in Brussels are: The Colonial Garden: Standing next to the royal park of Laeken, this garden was created in 1905 by king Leopold II so that he could bring his collections of exotic plants from Belgian Congo there. At the entrance of the garden, Léopold II built a ‘cottage’ in Norman style according to the plans of the architect Haneau. The garden happens to be … Continue reading

In and around Brussels