Hotel de Ville - Town Hall, Brussels

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    Het Stadhuis (Town Hall)

    by ayesh Written Oct 16, 2002

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    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.

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    The Town Hall

    by CandS Updated Jun 5, 2003

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    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).

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    Town Hall

    by antistar Written Aug 6, 2014

    The iconic Town Hall, presiding over the main square in Brussels, is probably the city's most recognisable building. Its most striking feature is the soaring near hundred metre Gothic tower, capped with an ornate pinnacle and a golden St Michael, the patron saint of Brussels. A less obvious feature is that this tower is offset from the centre of the building, evidence of the architects' constant struggle to evolve the building over the years to its present state.

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    Hotel de Ville

    by lina112 Updated Jul 26, 2012

    On the late thirteenth century there was a desire in the city to build a site that represented how important was the city of Brussels as the commercial center of northern Europe. In 1401 began the construction the building finished in 1459, many were the artists that led to the fulfillment of the building. The left wing and bell tower dominated by the statue of city patron St. Michael, were drawn by Jacques van Thienen, needle, and the tower by Jan van Ruysbroeck in 1449.

    Sobre finales del siglo XIII había el deseo en la ciudad de edificar un sitio que representara cuan importante era la ciudad de Bruselas como centro comercial del Norte Europa. En 1401 se inició la construcción del edificio que acabó en el 1459, muchos fueron los artistas que llevaron al cumplimiento del edificio. El ala izquierda y el campanario dominado por la estatua del patrón ciudadano San Miguel, fueron dibujados por Jacques van Thienen, la aguja y la torre por Jan van Ruysbroeck en el 1449.

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    Visit the Town Hall

    by DanielF Updated Oct 23, 2007

    Located on top of a hill, the Maison communale of Saint-Gilles's (Town Hall) is an imposing historicist building from the early XX Century. It is inspired by a Renaissance chateau and, as it is the traditional in Belgium, has a tall belfry that dominates the entire district.

    For its bulky size, it is really complicated to capture the totality of the building in one picture.

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    Town Hall

    by Polly74 Written Apr 14, 2005

    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.

    The construction of the building represents the growing power of Brussels as the capital of the Dukedom of Brabant.

    The town hall is still the seat of the Mayor of Brussels . The city administration is located elsewhere, on Boulevard Anspach. In the first half of the 1990's the tower has been completely restored. In the following years the facades of the building has been cleaned and restored where necessary.

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    Brussels Town Hall

    by Nemorino Written Jan 21, 2008

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    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.

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    Town Hall

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 7, 2003

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    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.

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    Hotel De Ville

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 1, 2003

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    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

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    Inside the hotel de ville

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    Enter through the gates of the Hotel De Ville into a large courtyard that is open to the public. One can visit inside the building but only by guided tour on certain days

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    The Town Hall

    by dedeckerm. Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    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.

    THE TOWN HALL

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    Hotel de Ville

    by Gillianina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is the 'Hotel
    de Ville' of Bruxelles (townhall) in the Grand Place.

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    City Hall (Hotel de Ville)

    by Blatherwick Updated Aug 28, 2004

    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).

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