Bourse - Stock Exchange, Brussels
Favorite thing: Thanks to Marie-Claude from Montreal I finally know what I am presenting here as a impressive old building in Brussels....well, it is the bourse. I only passed by that building by public bus and took this snap shot quickly. It is a bit funny, I think there wer already some belgium people seeing my page but nobody could tell me what it is...;-)) the travellers often know more of a place than the people who live there ;-)
Favorite thing: see the Bourse (Brussels Stock Exchange). This is the meeting place for the Belgium financial world, and found its way by a decision of July, 8th 1801. The government provided the “haute finance” with a site on its own. In 1860 the thought arose to make a public building that would emphasize the capital’s rights. The foundation stone had been laid down in 1871, and built in a neo-classic style by the plans of the architect “Suys”. The inauguration took place on September the 27th, 1873.
Exiting at the north corner to Rue au Beurre, you'll see the yellowish-beige Brussels Stock Exchange, which is open to visitors only on weekdays. The facade is heavily ornamented and surmounted by a dome; its entrance guarded by two huge lions. From here move north-west to explore the Lower Town, the commercial district of the city. Personally, I did not find anything fascinating in this part of the capital.
This photo is of the Brussels Bourse (Stock Exchange) Also across the road is the Irish bar :)
Fondest memory: The aroma of chocolate wafting around the back streets of La Grand Place ....*drool*