Place du Petit Sablon, Brussels
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.
Address: Regentschapsstraat, Brussels
Directions: Kleine Zavel, in front of the church of the Grote Zavel
The gardens on this square were created in 1890. In the back of the gardens a fountain is built to remember the graves of Egmont and Horne who were the leaders of the Dutch people who bravely fought the Spanish in the time of Filips II. They were beheaded on the Grote Markt in 1568.
Address: Kleine Zavelplein
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.