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Hotel de Ville
Perhaps the most beautiful building in Brussels. The Hotel de Ville is located in the Grand Place. The tower is 315 feet tall. Sadly the architect for the tower Jan van Ruysbroeck committed suicide by throwing himself off the tower.
The Town Hall
It is beautiful at night...all the lights make it stand out really well. :)
Tours operatue on Tuedays at 11:30 am and 3:15 pm, Wednesday at 3:15 pm, Sunday at 12:15 pm (except October to March when there are no tours on Sundays).
Stadhuis/ Hotel de Ville
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.
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Het Stadhuis (Town Hall)
The Town Hall is one of the important buildings at the Grote Markt. I was finished in 1455, but partly destroyed by order of Louis XIV in 1695. Reconstruction began immediately afterwards.
Not everything is therefore original, not even from original from the times after the reconstruction. The old statues on the facade for example began to fall apart and were replaced by 203 new ones representing all the dukes and duchesses of Brabant who ruled the dukedom between the year 580 and 1564.
Another non-original item is the statue of St. Michael slaying the devil, which stands on top of the tower. In 1996 the statue was replaced by a completely new one. What a shame after all those centuries...
The last thing to notice is that the tower is not situated in the middle of the building. This is because the Town Hall has been build part by part and the authorities, in the end, wanted to preserve the little street next to the right wing.
Brussels Town Hall
When I was there in December the Brussels Town Hall was illuminated with constantly changing lights of different colors.
Second photo: Town Hall from a distance.
City Hall (Hotel de Ville)
Built from 1402-1448 by architect Jan Van Ruysbroeck, this is one of the most impressive buildings in Belgium. Today it serves as the city hall (Hotel de Ville).
This is the most beautiful building in the city. The tall, slim tower was built to replace the former belfry, and is dominated by a statue of St. Michael, patron saint of Brussels.
Hotel De Ville
The Hotel de Ville is a historic building on the Grand Place still used to day as the city hall of Brussels. Tours are available of the inside but only at limited times
The Town Hall
The two lions from which the staircase of the original entrance of the Town Hall takes its name, were added in 1770 when it was rebuilt.
Hotel de Ville
This is the 'Hotel
de Ville' of Bruxelles (townhall) in the Grand Place.
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