Another wonderful building in the Burg square area . Next to the gothic town hall stands the Old Civil Registry in renaissance style. (1534-1537). The decorative statues were also smashed to pieces in 1792, but later renovated. The bronze statues represent Justice, Moses and Aaron. Since 1883 the building is used as Peace Court.
a Great walk to soak in the architecture wonders and great expanse of the square and the history of Brugge.
One reason to get back here to the venice of the north.
it is right on the canals, and easily visible one of the landmark of this loaded city of gorgeous buildings and architecture
location: Academiestraat 14, 8000 Brugge
In the 15C it was here that the rich and powerful met along their social club the ‘Genootschap van de Witte Beer’ (confraternity of the white bear). their symbol was the bears with the flag of Brugge on the front. From the end of the 19C , the building is now housing the national archives.
See carefully the small stair tower crown by a golden turning lady representing Saint-Georges and the dragon.
Walking by here along the canals is marvelous too, a great family getting out.
Bruges’ City Hall (1376) is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. It is from here that the city has been governed for more than 600 years. An absolute masterpiece is the Gothic Hall with its late 19th-century murals and polychrome vault. The adjoining historic hall calls up the city council’s history with a number of authentic documents and works of art. A multimedia exhibition on the ground floor illustrates the evolution of the Burg square.
It's a nice architecturally done building and the oldest in all of the low countries sitting right in the burg square of Brugge. The above from tourist office explains it well
I am putting here not because folks dont see but because they usually come here to see the museums. The parc is gorgeous with a beautiful archway that we enjoy a lot walking around and trying to go thru the small streets around it ,sometimes without end lol!!!
Fun for the whole family and a nice way to see everything of the place you are visiting, Brussels is one of our favorite cities hopefully you get that !!)
Other than the museums of army, aviation, autoworld,and royal art and history, the parc also has the biggest mosque of Belgium, and nice buildings done by Victor Horta. It is the main for many events like marathons, environment, bicycle races, concerts, festivals, and drive in movies in summer !
A bit of history, king Leopold II wanted to give Brussels an air of big important city, and decide to choose this site, a great science event was held here in 1888, and for the universal exposition of 1897 additional buildings and renovations were done. A huge arcade arch was done in 1905 in the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Belgium. The 3 arches of the same lenght were crowned in q quadralite with an imposing bronze statue with the Brabant on foot riding a horse carriage with a flag. At the foot of the columns, 8 other provinces are represented. The parc is of 30 hectares.
more from the city of Brussels
a nice Belgian village around the main parks of atomium and mini europe ,planetarium,and océade water park. You have all around you easy does it on metro line 6 stop Heysel from center Brussels.
Here you have many restaurants to choose from after a day at the park, just be careful ,its very touristic and quality to prices to watch.
to see the place, you can watch a video here, just click the numbers on the map on the right.
This is a nice area with a beautiful church of Notre Dame du Sablon. There is a market on the plaza and full of shops around it.
a bit of history tell us that in 1304,the mother superior of the Hôpital Saint-Jean bequest a great lots of terrain to built a chapel dedicated to the virgin. The faith grows and by 1348 a small statue of the miracoulus virgin, that according to tradition it came from Anvers . The keepers of the chapel the arbalétriers again enlarge the chapel in the 15C. The choir is done in 1435.
During the French period of the revolution,the priest was able to keep the church open by making prayers for the revolution! It was closed for several years and open again by Napoleon I
From 1895 to 1912,in sixe different campaigns of renovation work a monument was been created with small clock towers,pinnacles,balustrades, and arches. From 1917 to 1937, new renovations put in place 57 statues coming from 27 different sculptors!
official church parrish webpage
The interior is just as beautiful,and well worth the detours.
the Royal Theater by the Royal Palace at parc du Bruxelles. Rue de la Loi 3, metro Parc.
Built in 1782 the theater du parc is an annex to the Théâtre de la Monnaie , the frères Bultos, managed the two theaters at the same time. the parc became a site for young comedians spectacles/ almost like a school of arts and drama of the theater de la monnaie.
The theater was closed in 1807 by order of Napoléon Ier,and reopened in 1814 occupied by British troops for a year and then a Dutch troops for several months. From 1819, the city of Brussels is the owner of the two theaters given concessions for the management of each. The casting is the same but here they do more of the vaudeville and street or boulevard theater.
Very nice place in a nice park; prices for functions goes from five to 30 euros.
De 1850 à 1854, le Parc accueille des représentations en néerlandais, puis il se spécialise dans l'opérette et l'opéra-comique, et enfin, à partir de 1869, dans les pièces de comédie.
Pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, la Monnaie et le Parc sont réquisitionnés et le Parc devient le lieu de divertissement de la garnison allemande.
Redevenu théâtre francophone en 1919, il propose essentiellement des pièces de répertoire interprétées par des comédiens belges
Built in 1873, on the former site of the convent des Recollets, one of the emblematic buildings of Bruxelles and my landmark to reach the grand place by car always.
you have the bourse stock exchange store here
and the bruxelles tourist office in contact. a must to see at least once.
at pl de Sainte Catherine you find this hybrid church , needing a cleaning for sure, but imposing facing the great plaza. It has a very convenient metro station ste catherine on line 1 and 5,
The church today was built on the site of a basin of the old port of Bruxelles betweent 1854 and 1874. The building it replaces dates from the 15C.
you have an extensive cultural center right in the middle of Bruxelles, you have arts expo exhibitions, theater plays, and concerts, a nice restaurant ;cafe Bota,with its own webpage at http://www.cafebota.be/index.php?lang=en all under the belle epoque canopy of the jardin botanique, not to mention beautiful sculptures in a nice layout garden along blvd du jardin botanique, and main entrance on Rue Royale 236, my favorite area of Bruxelles.
all leads here
Train : Gare du Nord (Bruxelles Nord) 5 minutes on foot
Metro : Lines 2 et 6 - arrêt/stop Botanique
Trams & Bus : Trams 92 and 94, Bus 61 - arrêt/stop Botanique
De Lijn : Lines 270, 271, 272 ,and 358
interurban bus lines
a bit of history,
The great Victor Hugo said of the place, « Bruxelles has two unique marvels of our world, the Grand Place ,and the panorama of the Jardin Botanique. »
A place of science and botanical studies from 1829 to 1939, the building was very little use for 40 years, and almost a half a century after was converted into a cultural space and imagination to become in 1984 the centre culturel de la Communauté française de Belgique (the cultural center of the French community in Belgium) THe Jardin Botanique de Bruxelles had alongside it on rue de Ruysbroeck, the old palace of Charles de Lorraine.
Lovely place to visit day or night.
a wonderful church worth the hike away from central Brussels to the community of Schaerbeek, pl de la reine.
It was built in the romano-byzantin style between 1845 and 1885.
It is situated in the royal way leading from Laeken to the Royal palace in Brussels and dedicated to the queen Louise-Marie , as well as the plaza where its located. It is classify as a historical monument in Belgium
you get here on tram 92 or 94.
a mainstay of European cities, this is a great way to have an overview of the city if not well familiar with it. We took it many years ago, and now enjoy the city on foot and public transport.
Again, for a first timer or one with limited time and not seen much of Brussels this is a good alternative. You can see an overview and then come back for up close details of the things you really like.
Diest is a small town east of Brussel in which you will find an old Begijnhoff. The connected Church shows evidence of what looks like war time strife. The small community no longer houses women devoted to God, instead, you'll find the residents to be mostly retired couples.
There are also commercial establilshments located here. Tucked in a corner space of two buildings there is a charming, romantic restaurant, The "Gasthof" (Guesthouse) of the Beguinage which is also a B&B. I was so impressed with the cozy atmosphere that I plan to go back if I'm ever near Diest again and I will stay at the B&B if it is still in operation!
B-2390 Diest, Belgium
Also, there is an interesting shop in this community which is occupied by a man who restores ancient manuscripts. Our primary reason for going here was to see this man and the Begijnoff was a by-product of that search.. We didn't have any type of guided tour to tell us about this well preserved area, so there was very little I learned about the history, except that it was established in 1253 and the houses were built in the 17th century.
When we arrived at the Manuscript Restoration shop, there was a sign on the door that read, "Gone to Mexico on holiday." I thought that was ironic.
H. Geeststraat 7 | Diest, / 3290, Belgium
The photo is of the missing stained glass panes in the church windows--which seemed not to have been replaced after WWII. I'm not sure about that, but damage on the walls around the windows, looked as if it came from bullets. So, that's how it seemed to me.
The oldest university of Belgium is in Leuven. Since it's 1435 debut the Catholic University of Leuven has been effected in interesting ways, by history. Most recently, 1968, when it was split in two, the Dutch half, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the French half, Université catholique de Louvain which move to two other locations in Belgium.
Since this is about Leuven, I'm speaking of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven which is located in the fascinating historical center of Leuven. Near the universtity was the only section of Leuven I was able to experience, but it was well worth a day tip. In this part of town there were many young people and places that young people like to frequent, so it was worth the trip.
The Hotel de Ville was one of the most fascinating buildings I've ever seen. I don't know how easy it is for you to see in the photo, but on each side of the windows there are full sized statues. It was awesome to see!
Just around the corner is the Grote Markt which has been in existance as long as the university and the main style of the buildings is Gothic, really a stunning atmosphere to stop for a drink or a meal. Which we did.
While I was there a large portable ice-skating rink had been set up in the center for a week-end of skating.
We stopped at the Oude Markt at a little pub, Cafe De Weerelt. We didn't eat, just had my first Belgian bier. It was the Cherry beer I ordered and though it was good, it seemed stronger than regular beer to me. Could be wrong, I'm not a connoisseur, but I did like it.
Diest is not exactly in the center of things. However, it is not too far from Brussels and a day trip to Diest broadened my view of Belgium, for that reason I suggest it here.
This is a photo of me standing on one of several steets in the Begijnhoff--.
Begijnhoff is a word that has been hard for me to understand the meaning of. It doesn't help that depending which area of Belgium I'm in, the word is different. Beguinage—Begijnhof—Beguines—The Beguinage (Begijnhof) I don't know which word is Dutch, French or even English. So, please forgive me and feel free to correct any misusage of these words when you notice them.
In Diest, outside the town area, is the Begijnhoff--I'm sure of the correct word here as I copied it off the sign at the site.--and Saint Catherine's Church which I had the opportunity to visit, was a humble, red brick structure built in the 14th century. This served the Sisters and in it they had their own private section to worship in seclusion.
The streets of this community were broader and a bit more extensive than found in other's. Many of the buildings came much later than 1253 when the Sisters established their order and much later than 14 century when the church was built. They were built in the 17th century which gave me the impression that this was a vital community for a long time.
It is heartening to realize that the people of Diest have cared so much to preserve this ancient aspect of their history.
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