on October 1, 2009
Some consider this the most beautiful square in the world. The wide open square which sometimes houses a flower market as well as small street vendors is surrounded by Flemish Renaissance-baroque guild houses from the 17th century, the neo-Gothic King’s House, and the 15th-century Gothic Town Hall. On the spire of the tower of the Town Hall perches the Archangel Michael, patron saint of the city.A UNESCO world heritage site, the architecture of the square is described as providing a vivid illustration of the level of social and cultural life of the period in this important political and commercial centre.Writer Victor Hugo once made his home in a building on this square. We returned to the Grand Place a number of times in our sight seeing and each time we paused to look around. It would be hard to get tired of looking at the intricate details and appreciate the unified architecture. We were warned that the numerous cafés ringing the square were some of the worst places to eat. Nevertheless we wanted to enjoy a sunny day so stopped for some breakfast in the outdoor patio of one of the cafés. The coffee, croissants, bread, ham and cheese were more than adequate but expensive and the service incredibly surly.
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