The Boulevard Anspach is another example of the ambition of King Leopold 2nd to make Brussels looks like a decent 19th century city. It is the typical wide boulevard prized by Paris. Mr Anspach, who was the mayor at the time, thought it would be nice to have squares doting this avenue... one of them is the Place de la Bourse. La Bourse, the stock exchange building, is a classical building flanked by two lions where traders are nurturing their ulcers. It is a also a good meeting point, because it's smack-dab in the middle of the city.
Built in 1873 and designed by Architect Léon Suys, the Brussels Stock Exchange is a formidable building in the Classic style resplendent with Doric columns. It is a thriving Stock Exchange and not a tourist sight per se though visits can be arranged with prior consent.
Built in 1873 The Bourse is very close to Grand Place and is the home of the Brussels' Stock Exchange. A classic building designed in Palladian style it dominates the square. The exterior of the building has some beautiful decoration and ornate carvings, particularly those on the front facade.
The neo-classical building of the Stock Exchange is ornamented with sculptures of different trades. They point out the trade of the auctions going on inside the building.
On the Brussels Stock exchange, there are about 150 belgian and 140 foreign companies that are represented.
It is possible to do a guided tour.
During football championships, this is the place where the fans celebrate the victory of the Belgian football team!
In the 19th century Leon Pierre Suys was the architect looking for combining
the Nord and South of Brussels by big boulevards like the “Adolphe Max” and
the “Anspach” Boulevard inspired by the streetplans of Paris (Haussmann)
As result you will find some architecture jewels on the “Boulevard Adolphe Max”
Start visiting this boulevard via “Rogiers Square” – center of luxery hotels like Hilton and Sheraton – at the corner will find a very nice looking old fashioned Hotel – called “The Dome”
Further more some redlighted shops – but nice architectual houses aswell – just feel yourself in the old part of Paris !
All this the way up to the old center of Brussels
The Brussels Stock Exchange is located on the Boulevard Anspach and was built in the 1870's. It has about 300 stocks traded on the exchange and it is possible to get a guided tour. It is also a good place to hang out during Belgian futbol games, as quite a crowd gathers in the square. We also found a few good bars located around the Bourse.
If you like la Bourse (the stock exchange) and Saint-Catherine's church, you'll probably also like the huge Palais de Justice on top of the Marolles hill. It was built by the same architect, Poelaert, and it literally dominates the whole city, being a very massive monument, the biggest in Brussels. Brussels is probably the only city I know where the landscape is dominated by the courts of justice. Visits are organized by a.s.b.l. Arkadia.
La Bourse, Brussels’ stock exchange, was designed by architect Leon Suys and constructed in Neo-Classical style between 1867-73. It is one of the cities most impressive buildings mostly due to its notable ornate carvings on its façade. The great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, is thought to have crafted the groups representing Africa and Asia. Beneath the colonnade, two beautifully detailed winged figures representing Good and Evil were carved by sculptor Jacques de Haen.
It's sometimes odd to think of a stock exchange as a tourist attraction, but the exchange in Brussels was built at a time when stock brokers were a part of the aristocracy and their place of work was as important as the guild houses of old. The Exchange in Brussels was built in the 1860s and 1870s on the site of the old butter market, which was built on an old convent. The building is in neo-Classical style, like so many of the buildings from the heyday of the Belgian monarchy. The area it is in is no longer the financial centre of the city - it is a mixture of touristy area and, farther along Rue de la Bourse towards the Manneken pis, the gay area. Nevertheless, the building itself is imposing enough to allow you to marvel at its beauty and daydream a bit about the time when this was the capital of a massive empire.
From the Grand Place, walking north-west, you will finally arrive to the stock exchange...
Financially Brussels is a quiet place, two major events recently took place: the introduction of Interbrew (our huge brewing company) and of Belgacom (the ex-national phone company).
More practically, this is also an easy meeting point, if you are in beer mood, you can either cross the Anspach Boulevard to go to the famous Irish pub or directly to the Halles St Gery area.
More off the beaten paths, I'd suggest instead to look for la Becasse or the typical estaminate in the "Impasse des Cadeaux"
Beautiful buidling just off the Grand Place. Apparently has some Rodin sculptures in the lobby which I haven't seen yet.
Good to know where it is, as a lot of directions seem to center around this building.
This place is really cool; there are lots of Thai restaurants and some superb bars: PP Café, Le Roi des Belges (The king of Belgium), and a nice Irish pub 'O'reillys'. All Irish pubs in Brussels really become hot and steamy dance places on Friday and Saturday night so make sure to bring a visit if you're into a dance and a drink!
De Bource , is an historical building and can be named as 2nd meeting point after grand palace. You can see many people waiting for someone or eating food on the steps.It is easy to access there via Metro. There are some restaurants like Mc donals over there.
The Bourse in french means the stock exchange. The Bourse is just a few streets away the corner from the Grand place. There is nothing much to do or see at the Bourse. It's the home of the Brussels stock exchange and you cannot enter or visit the building. It is however quite a good area because it is surreounded by dozens of streets with restaurants, café's and shops. The Bourse area is just as good during the night than during the day. In front of the bourse is Brussels China Town. This is considerably smaller than New York's China Town for example but it does have several Chinese and Asian restaurants, shops and a Chinese supermarket. There are more and more trendy shops and café's around the Bourse area especially around the Place St. Géry. The Bourse is becoming Brussels young and trendy place to eat, drink and shop.
Built by the end of the 19Th century as part of a plan to embellish the city, this palace in Neo-Renaissance style mixed with Second Empire, it has many decorative motifs from several artists.
Located in Boulevard Anspach, it is today a "dead" building, since the tradings start to be one by computer.