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Green Bay, Wisconsin
October 10, 2000
The 17th century guild houses of the square were built in the Italian Baroque style with a hint of Flemish influence. Yet, the city hall was built a bit earlier (in the 15th century) in the Gothic style of the time. The height and grandeur of the city hall tower seem to dominate the Grand Place.
Although this Place is quite Grand , my opinion does not quite match that of Mr. Hugo's. It may be, in fact, the most beautiful square in all of Brussels, but the phrase 'in the world' is a little too daring. But then again, we are in different times, and if we can put our imaginations to the test, we may be able to picture this square a few centuries earlier... The central meeting and market place for everyone. What a social atmosphere!
We visited the sqaure in the pouring rain, with no chance to see the flower market or the light show , which are both highly recommended by guidebooks and other travelers.
Then venture a few blocks beyond the Town Hall on rue de l'Etruve to see another of Brussels' popular sites: the Mannekin Pis ...
From journal Brussels in a Day
-, New Jersey
October 1, 2000
From journal Brussels, the capital of Europe ???
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
November 24, 2007
From journal Two Weeks in Brussels
April 27, 2005
From journal Walk Around Brussels in a Day
by Linda Kaye
San Antonio, Texas
January 12, 2003
The Grand’ Place is hard to describe. It reminded me of San Marco's Square in Venice, Italy, only more ornate. All the buildings face the center of the large square, which is restricted to pedestrian-only traffic, and house at least 14 café/restaurant establishments, candy shops, chic clothing stores, banks, and other businesses. Today the Grand’ Place is less of a market and more of a gathering place.
What I found unique about the Grand’ Place was that each of the magnificent buildings around the Square was individually named. Here are a few examples:
Le Cygne (The Swan) was my favorite, with a breathtaking swan sculpture over the main door. It was originally built as a private residence, later became the Butchers’ Guild House, and later still used by Karl Marx for meetings of the German Workers’ Union when he was writing the Communist Manifesto. Today, it is an elegant and expensive restaurant.
L’Etoile (The Star) was destroyed and rebuilt in 1850. One of the city’s heroes, Evrard ‘t Serclaes, was brought to the original building after a rebellion, and died there.
Le Pigeon (The Pigeon), also known as the Painters' Guild House, was once the home of the 19th-century writer, Victor Hugo, who gave the world Les Miserables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Le Cornet (The Horn), the Boatmen’s Guild House, is decorated with marine symbols.
Le Renard (The Fox), was the Haberdasher’s Guild House and has an elaborate carving of a fox.
La Louve (The She-Wolf) so named because of the statue at the entrance of Romulus and Remus suckling a wolf. It is now a bank.
One of the most spectacular events held at the Grand’ Place is the Tapis des Fleurs (flower carpet) held bi-annually in mid-August (on even-numbered years). Unfortunately, we missed it by one month. The show consists of a magnificent and intricate design using fresh flowers that covers the entire center of this large square. To be in Brussels and see the Tapis des Fleurs is a rare and unforgettable treat for visitors.
From journal Beguiling Brussels
April 25, 2001
We have seen been to most countries in Europe and back to Brussels many times but we still think that the Grand'Place is the most beautiful square with its majestic Town Hall dating back to the 15th century and the intricate Gothic Guild Houses. Come to the square and spend some time admiring all the details on the gilded facades of the houses.
There is a flower market in the square every morning and a bird market on Sunday morning. In the summer, there is a light show there at dusk where the different buildings are highlighted. Every other year, in the later part of August, a flower tapestry 110m long and 68 m wide covers the square.
From journal A weekend in Brussels
Williams Lake, British Columbia
September 9, 2000
From journal Three days in Brussels
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
January 15, 2001
From journal Brussels-The place for the best Beer and Chocolate.
Gravesend, United Kingdom
October 3, 2013
From journal A weekend in Brussels!
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
September 7, 2013
From journal cultural and political center of Europe