I would recommend a walk to the Kleine Zavel or as they call it in French Le Petit Sablon.
It is really a very nice little park.
There are a lot of little statues put around the iron fence. They all represent an occupation.
Try to find out which one it is!
It is a nice place to park your bicycle, if you are courageous enough to cycle through Brussels (see my transportation tips). It is also a nice little oasis to take your lunch bag and enjoy your sandwiches on one of the benches around the little fountain in the middle.
During the Middle Ages, the Sablon was a wasteland outside the Southern edge of the first city wall.
In the Eastern part, what is now known as Petit Sablon, was a grave yard for the Saint Johns hostpital. I write the year 1299 as the inauguration of this cemetery.
In 1304 a part of this territory was donated to build the Church you see at the opposite of the Petit Sablon. It is Our Lady’s church of the Sablon.
In 1704 the cemetery was dismissed (by Emperor Joseph II of Austria?).
Due to urbanisation of the area – new houses; streets; making of the square around the Church – the area became divided in two parts: big and small, Sablon and Petit Sablon.
Opposite the Notre Dame du Sablon is located one of the most elegant squares in Brussels - Place du Petit Sablon. The 48 bronze statues, standing on 48 fine neo gothic columns, recall the guild masters of the 16th century. Tile and thatch roofers, chair makers, gold beaters and dried cod dealers.
Coming from Rue Blaes we find a wonderful market ... after I have read that is the most famous antiques market ... I am so happy to have get here ... lost of antiques of hight quality ... hight prices ... but ... great food for my eyes and spirit ...
I get in love with a beautiful japanese doll ... the coast was 900 euros ... the day after I went to the flea market at Place Jeu de Balle and I founded another japanese doll ...very similar to this one .... but .... it was like compare a real diamon with a cristal one ... they can be smilar but ... there is something that make the great difference ....
This market take place at weekends, saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 9am to 1pm
In the small park, Le Petit Sablon, you can see, besides the big statue of Egmont and Hoorne, lots of white Carrara marble statues.
These statues represent the heroes who fought against the Spanish tyranny or intellectuals and scientists from the 16th century. They all have in common the fact that they devoted their lives to conquering their freedom of thought.
Some of the names of the statues: William of Orange-Nassau, Corneille de Vriendt (sculptor and architect of the Antwerp City Hall), Gerard Mercator (geographer), . . .
Opposite the Our lady of Sablon Church there is a small park. It is Le Petit Sablon (de kleine Zavel).
At first this park was a square. This park is surrounded by a fence which is decorated with 48 beautiful small statues; these statues represent the different Brussels trades.
Behind the church, the place du Grand Sablon is one of Brussels' most charming squares, a sloping wedge of cobblestones flanked by tall and slender town houses plus the occasional Art Nouveau facade. The square serves as the centre of one of the city's wealthiest districts, and is busiest at weekends, when an antiques market clusters below the church. Many of the shops on Sablon and the surrounding streets are devoted to antiques and art, and you could easily spend an hour or so window-browsing from one to another – or you can soak up the atmosphere eating or drinking in one of Sablon's cafés. The Musée Postal et Musée des Télécommunications (Tues–Sat 10am–4.30pm; free), at no. 40, holds a complete collection of Belgian stamps and oodles of old telecommunications equipment, though it is currently being revamped.
This park is called 'De Kleine Zavel'/Le petit Sablon. It is surrounded by 48 little statues representing the medieval guilds of Brussels. In the center is the statue of the counts of Egmont and Hoorne who were executed at the Market Place by order of Philip II of Spain in 1568.
Nowadays, the Sablon is visited by lovers of antiques and art because in this area you can find hundreds of antiques shops and art galleries. Especially popular is the weekly antique market which is held on Saturdays from 9 a.m till 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.
The Sablon is one of the most attractive areas of Brussels.
This small but beautiful park is name Kleine Zavel or Petit Sablon. It was opened in 1890. There are 48 gothic pillars around the park having a statue of Brussel's artisans. Each statue wears the typical clothes of their artisan. In the middle of the park is a statue of the Earls Egmont and Hoorn. There were beheaded by guillotine on the Grand Market place. The base is decorated with the coat of arms of the two Earls.
Nicole whose VT name is Nicoleken helped me with the information. I had taken the picture of this beautiful park because I liked it so much. Then as I was building my Brussels page I realized I had misplaced the notes I had taken about this location. Thanks so much Nicole.
The small park Kleine Zavel (Petit Sablon) is very recend and opened in 1890. The 48 gotic pillars are carrying each a statue of Brussels’ artisans. Each statue wears his typical clothes of their artisan. In the middle of the “Petit Sablon” is the statue of the earls Egmont and Hoorn who were beheaded (guillotine) on the Grand Market place of Brussels.
The base is decorated with the coat of arms of the 2 earls.
Around Egmont en Hoorn are 10 statues of wellknown persons from the XVIe century.
The Park is ful of symbols :
the nine buxus bushes on the grass represent the (early) 9 provinces of Belgium. But especially the stautes embellish the park and make it fascinating.
Place du Petit Sablon and Grand Sablon
2 beautiful squares. Petit Sablon (on the pic) has a garden set up by Duke Sablon, which is like a small oasis in the mid of a busy city. Next to the garden there is Notre Dame du Sablon, unfortunately half of it was covered with scaffolding, but what remained revealed, showed to us how beautiful it is.
The street leading from Petit Sablon to Grand Sablon is full of antique shops but very expencive judging by the windows.
the Petit Sablon is a tranquil garden commemorating the 16th-century guilds and the martyred Egmont and Hoorne, two Flemish counts executed by the Spanish in 1569.
Be sure to see Petit Sablon (Kleine Zavel), a square surrounded by statues representing the old guilds. It's fun to guess which guild is represented by which statue.