Photography faux pas
The Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula is a Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mechelen. Like many people, I like to visit beautiful buildings when travelling and, of course, photograph them. When it comes to religious buildings, I only photograph after I have checked there isn't a sign to say otherwise or alternatively, if there is someone to ask, I do so. This I did at the Cathedral to be told no photographs.
Now, it could easily have been a misunderstanding of my question which got the "no" response but, please, please, before you start clicking away, check that the owners or protectors of the building are happy for this to happen, especially in buildings of a religious nature. Respect the requests of the people who worship in the building you have taken such a liking to. Beautiful buildings with great chocolate on the side!
you must go to Royal Palace,...
you must go to Royal Palace, there are some woderful buildings. I watched the museums, The airplane and car and art works exhibition, you can understand this country's history and culture.
I looked arond NATO, it make me surprise that there are many world famous companies branch near by NATO.
On Grand-Place: Hotel de Ville de Bruxelles
This is a close-up of an important part of the City Hall :). Have a look!
Most of time, in Belgium, city halls are located on the very Grote markt or Grand-Place according to the language of the area you are visiting, so is Brussels' Hôtel de ville - Stadhuis.
Construction is reported to begin on this gothic styled building in 1402. Also, it seems that it was the only building to survive the 1695 bombing during the French occupation of Brussels.
Click here to see the whole building in case you haven't seen it yet :) It's in this building that you will find the Tourism Information center. Not to mix up with another info bureau in neighbouring area.
For the cowspotting in July 2003, I agreed with Dannie (irisbe) to meet at Tourism Information center. Seems I didn't understand her explanation, I was waiting for her in front of a building housing "Office de promotion du tourisme Wallonie- Bruxelles" and "Toerisme Vlandeeren" Infopunt on Rue march? aux herbes.
I was waiting for a long time there. Finally, I went on Grand-Place to ask to some tourists with a guidebook where stands the Information center. Then, they saw in their book that there were two information bureau regarding tourism: one on Grand-Place and another one on Rue March? aux herbes.
It was time to spot a red-haired woman across the King's house... and we finally met, after some long wait, within just 50 meters distance one to each other. Silly! Of the two, it was the local who mixed up things.. :)
If you are a tourist in Brussels, looking at some information on events in Brussels, go to the city hall building. At the basement level, spot this part, right side to the main entry, where you would find guides, leaflets... We picked there the leaflets we used for the Artoncows exhibition... Of course, you'll have to enter the building :)))
Town Hall - Grand'Place / Grote Markt
Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, summer 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,winter from 10. a.m. to 2 p.m;1/1 to 28/2closed on Sunday.
Closed: 25/12 and 1/1
Golden Figures Decorate Grand Place Roofline
All the buildings in Grand Place are beautifully decorated, however we particularly admired the Le Roi d'Espagne showpiece built in 1676 by the wealthy Guild Of Bakers. The octagonal copper dome is topped by a dancing golden figure.
The golden horse with rider stands out against the sky and looks very spectacular.
THE ROYAL PALACE.
THE ROYAL PALACE.
During the Austrian rule in the 18th century, empress Maria-Theresia preferred not to have the old palace rebuilt because she didn't want the Austrian governor in Brussels to feel himself like a king. Only four houses where built on the site where the palace now stands.
It was William I, king of the reunited Netherlands, who decided in 1815 to rebuild these houses to turn them into a royal palace. This was finished in 1829. One year later Belgium became independent and the new king of Belgium, Leopold I, decided to use the new palace as his residence. It was king Leopold II, who had the original building turned into the palace like we now know it. This transformation ended in 1903.