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A Day in Brussels

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Place du Grand Sablon

In questa storica piazza troverete negozi d'antiquariato, Emporio Armani, e la famosa pasticceria Wittamer, oltre a molto altro. La piazza è riconoscibile grazie alla statua di Minerva, donata alla città nel 1751. Inoltre sulla piazza sono situate la chiesa di nostra signora e la chiesa di Sablon. Di sabato dalle 9 alle 18 e domenica dalle 9 alle 14 la piazza si trasforma in un mercato dell'antiquariato. Attraversando la piazza troverete place du Petit Sablon, un tranquillo giardino pieno di statue.

Bruxelles, Belgio
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Town Hall

Brussels Town Hall is an intricate Gothic marvel that forms the focal point of Brussels' iconic Grand Place and is easily one of the city's most lavish civic buildings. The Town Hall was chiefly designed by two architects: the left wing by Jacques van Thienen in 1402, and the right wing by Jean van Ruysbroeck in 1445-1450. The two rear wings were added much later in 1712 but were designed in harmony with the architectural style of the original, L-shaped building. The exterior walls of the Town Hall feature numerous statues that depict saints, nobles, and other figures, each a vivid image of the people they represent. Uniting these efforts is the striking and exquisite Gothic tower at the center topped by a statue of St. Michael, the patron saint of Brussels. Inside, the elegant rooms are decorated with tapestries and paintings from the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries. Brussels Town Hall is an arresting sight, especially when lit up at night.

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Manneken Pis

This whimsical fountain takes the form of a nonchalant, unclothed boy relieving himself into a basin, a symbol indicative of the city of Brussels' eccentric spirit. A drinking-water fountain that dates back to the 15th Century, the original Manneken Pis was replaced by a bronze cast in 1619 by Jerome Duquesnoy. Although the cheerful little lad survived the bombardment of Brussels in 1695, the statue was repeatedly stolen and retrieved making for a rather colorful history that is heartily embellished with folklore and legends. Following its abduction in 1965, the original was once more rescued, this time from the depths of the Charleroi Canal, restored and placed under the care of the Museum of the City of Brussels, and replaced with a copy. The spirit of this cheeky icon has not diminished, however, but instead has come to be world-renowned. With a wardrobe composed of over 900 outfits, the Manneken Pis is dressed in different garb at varying points throughout the year, an event that attracts visitors from near and far. From the 19th Century onward, the Manneken Pis no longer dispenses drinking water but instead is an ornamental fountain. A rather small and undeniably odd image for a cultural icon, the Manneken Pis, or "peeing boy," nonetheless remains a treasured symbol of Brussels' irreverent wit.

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La Grand Place

Belgium's iconic Grand Place stands as a testament to the city's glorious cultural and economic legacy. Recognized as one of the most splendid market squares in Europe, its arcade is completely enclosed by tall, gabled Flemish Renaissance buildings decorated with intricate ornamentation and carved statues. Of the buildings that surround the square, the Town Hall with its Brabantine Gothic tower and the Neo-Gothic Brussels City Museum are especially remarkable. Impressive as it is by day, the square is even more stunning at night under the golden glow of street lights. During spring and summer evenings there is a light show that brings to life the city's musical and cultural heritage.

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Horta Museum

L'art nouveau praticamente nacque qui a Bruxelles. Victor Horta (1861-1947), considerato uno degli esponenti maggiori di quest'arte, progettò questa casa e vi visse fino al 1919. Troverete molte altre case simili in città. Fu restaurata nel 1991 e trasformata in museo. Horta è famoso per i suoi palazzi progettati con l'utilizzo di materiali industriali, come metallo e ferro, ma manipolati in modo da sembrare organici e naturali.

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Kindermuseum / Musée des Enfants

Questo spettacolare museo è dedicato ai bambini dai quattro ai dodici e a tutti i genitori. Le mostre del museo incoraggiano a scoprire i sentimenti, i talenti ed i sensi. Intrattenitori professionisti vi accolgono e guidano alla scoperta delle varie stanze. Queste visite guidate durano due ore e sono adatte a tutti. Sono organizzate intorno a temi di vita quotidiana e cambiano ogni tre anni.

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Museum David en Alice van Buuren

Costruito nel 1929 in stile art deco per il banchiere e collezionista David Van Buuren, questa meravigliosa villa fu trasformata in museo nel 1973. In esposizione splendidi arazzi, oggetti di vetro soffiato, quadri di maestri classici e moderni. Tra quelli degni di nota La caduta di Icaro di Breughel e opere di Ensor e Van Gogh. Mostre di sculture contemporanee vengono organizzate nei giardini della villa. Per visite di gruppo bisogna prenotare

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Bruparck

During the 1958 World Exhibition, one hit exhibition was Vrolijk België (Merry Belgium). This amalgamation of 'antique' bars was meant to illustrate Belgium's high quality of life. After the exhibition, everything, apart from the Atomium, was torn down, but Merry Belgium is back. Now called Brupark, it houses a giant Kinepolis cinema, the swimmer's paradise Oceadium, the popular Mini-Europe, as well as the world-renowned Atomium. Brupark's village can be visited all year round. The bars and restaurants have lovely terraces; there is a playground, a Cyber Café and a beautiful Venetian carousel.

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