Brussels, Belgium

The official founding of Brussels is usually situated around 979 when a fort was built on the islands of Senne, which were defended by the river and the swamps. The development of the city is marked by 3 big periods. The first one is situated between the 11th and the first half of the 12th century, the second one between the 13th and the 14th century and the last one between the 17th and the 18th century.

Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a major centre for international politics and has become the home of numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions, the secretariat of the Benelux and the headquarters of NATO.

brussels 00

Town Hall
Town Hall
The King’s Palace or Breadhouse

brussels 05brussels 01

Guildhouses on the Grand Place

brussels 02 brussels 04

The Residence of the Dukes of Brabant

brussels 03

The Swan on the facade of the Guild of Butchers
St Michael statue on top of the Town Hall
Golden horseman on top of the Brewer’s House
Dancing golden figure on top of the Guild of Bakers
Winged angel statue in the Mont des Arts area
Statue on top of The Golden Boat, Guild of the Tailors

brussels 06

The Milkmaid near the Sint Nicholas Church
Manneken Pis
The Blind Leading the Blind in the Rue de Buerre

brussels 07

Royal Palace

brussels 08

Mont des Arts looking towards the Grand Place

brussels 09

Historical houses along the Hofberg
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
Old England, Hofberg

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s