The Grand Square are formerly home to the craft guilds, whoes rich guildhouses line the square, topped by golden figures which glistened with sunshine.
THE FLOWER CARPET
Every two years, during the third week of August, Belgian begonia cultivators decorate the Market Place with a beautiful flower carpet.
The next flower carpet will take place in August 1998. Each year there is a different decoration theme.
Favorite thing: I think my favorite thing to do in Brussels besides eating waffles is admiring the beautiful architecture, especially at the main square. Picture is of Brussels historical Museum located on the Grand Place (main square).
Favorite thing: walk through the cemtre, and when you are around Gran Place, look for a close street full of restaurants, your eyes will be happy of that, you will see the best fruits and seafood shown in front of any restaurant.
Sitting on a summer morning in the Grand Place having a coffee and watching all the activities around. This is Brussels.
I bought a painting of the buildings in the Grand Place, opposite where we sat. To add to an everlasting memory
Go to the Grand Place day or night! This square is arguably Europe's most ornate. The soaring lines of the Gothic Town Hall dominate one side, in contrast with the elaborately decorated Baroque guild halls that surround it. There's a daily flower market, a bird market on Sunday morning, and frequent musical performances.
Fondest memory: It was great the day we were there as there were many Scottish still in town from the World Cup game. They were crazy but fun.....but best of all they spoke English!
enter Grand Place, the heart of the city where I think Europe's most impressive market square is. The gothic church-like edifice of the Town Hall and the Maison du Roi (King's House) faces each other across the square, surrounded with baroque guild houses embellished by magnificent gables and sculptures. The latter houses Musee de la Ville which covers the city's history and exhibits every piece of clothing ever worn by Manneken Pis. The facades of most buildings are of blackish-brown stone, against which the glistening ornamentation beautifully contrasts. I simply got lost in beauty on this square spinning around, around and around and around.
Visit the flower carpet at the Grand Place in Brussels.
It is set up every 2 years. This year it was from 14/08/2002 till 18/08/2002.
For more info you can take a look at www.flowercarpet.be
For more pics take a look at the travelogue.
Fondest memory: This year was the first time that I visited this flower carpet.
During this weekend, Sabsi & Bea were in Brussel for 2 days, so we decided to meet.
Favorite thing: The so-called House of the Dukes of Brabant in the Grand Place - actually a group of 7 houses, each with a different name. The ensemble is called 'The Dukes of Brabant' because on the first floor, under the windows, the statues of the dukes can be seen. No duke or king actually lived here. The names of the houses are: The FAME - The HERMIT - The FORTUNE - The WINDMILL - The TIN POT - The HILL - The BEURS
The spire of the Hotel de Ville in the Grand Place
Brussels was originally built around the Grand Place. The central area of the city near the Grand Place has a pleasingly distinctive style of architecture. Miscellaneous events such as expositions are held in the Grand Place. Modern Brussels is built outward from the Grand Place.
THE TOWN HALL
When entering the Market Place from one of the seven side-streets, one's eyes are drawn automatically to the gothic tower of the town hall pointing skywards. Up to this day the 'Hotel de Ville', or 'Stadhuis' is considered to rank among the most beautiful city halls in the Low Countries.
Fondest memory: We were sitting outside a cafe on Grande Place on a saturday night when the lights went out and music started. The illumination of the flowers of the Tapis des Fleurs took place and it was an atmosphere to die for. A hot summer night, a cold drink, beautiful music and lights....
come to the world famous Grand-Place to chill out. Yes, this is indeed one of Europe's finest medieval squares... and the main tourist attraction of the city of Brussels. Magnificent Renaissance-styled houses formerly belonging to guilds and corporations (as I've been told) line the square.
On Sundays, this whole area turns into a lovely flower and bird market respectively. Others (like the locals and tourists alike) are seen spending their time wandering around and admiring the beautiful buildings.... Some were even spotted sitting down on one of the many terraces having a good Belgian beer. :-) At other times throughout the year, concerts and musical happenings are organized and, I guess THE most famous events that take place here are the annual Ommegang (a historical procession at the beginning of July) and the Flower Carpet Show.
Hm, I think I can stay here all day and never feel bored!
Take a closer look at the enchanting Hôtel de Ville (the Gothic Town Hall) building here at the Grand Place.
If you strain your eyes.... and focus it to the top of the tower, you'd see a copper statue of St Michael slaying the devil! Can you see it?
Fondest memory: Standing in front of the buildings in this square, and seeing the beautiful facades was an awesome sight. When I was a child I had a jigsaw puzzle of the buildings, taken during a flower market, that I did over and over again. To see it in reality was one of my best memories of this beautiful city.