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Facing the Egmont Palace, on Rue aux Laines, Egmont Park is home to several sculptures. Of all the statues within, the statues of Peter Pan and that of Price Charles-Joseph de Ligne are much adored. A slice of peace and quiet amid the bustle of the city, the park makes for a nice walk or a short picnic, no matter how old or young you are. Parc d'Egmont also incorporates interesting attractions that seem like they're right out of a fairy tale like an old Gothic well and an Orangerie, to name a few.
Leopold Park covers a large, landscaped space on Belliardstraat. With a history that dates back to 1880, the urban park still includes hints of this long, ancient history. Over the years, it has played many roles, starting out as a zoological park, then as a part of the campus for Solvay School of Commerce, and now as a popular public park. Home to a beautiful pond that's sustained by the nearby Maelbeek lake, Leopold Park, or Leopoldspark (Dutch), offers gorgeous views and a cool, shaded place where you can relax and soak up the sun with your family.
A small mountain in Brussels, Coudenberg is the location of the palace of Coudenberg that was occupied by the Counts and Emperors of the region. The history of the castle can be traced back to as early as 11th Century, only to be destructed in the 18th Century. Today, only its earthwork can be seen on the hill. The Coudenberg hill provided the occupants of the castle with a bird’s-eye view of the city and was also strategically important for protection against enemy attacks. Today, one can tour the area and learn more about the lives of the people of that era.
Petit Sablon Square, also called Place du Petit Sablon, is a beautiful square and garden that was built in the late 1800s. The square is surrounded by 48 statues symbolizing medieval guilds, giving you an insight into how people used to live. This lovely landscaped garden also features a fountain with the figures of the Count of Egmont and Count of Horn.
The Church of Our Blessed Lady of Sablon adorns the historic heart of Brussels with its striking late Gothic architecture, featuring a Brabantine Gothic facade and interior Baroque chapels. Built as a remarkable cross-shaped structure with a 26-meter (85.30 feet) high ceiling, the church also features lovely stained glass paintings that were completed in the 19th Century. The construction of the church commenced in 1304, a year after the Noble Serment of Crossbowmen were recognized as a guild and granted a small plot in Sablon. The church grew to the miraculous entity it is today when one Beatrijs Soetkens brought the idol of Virgin Mary from Antwerp and placed it in the church. Since then, the church is associated with the religious procession of Ommegang, where the statue of Mary is carried through the streets of Brussels once a year.
Vauxhall, Brussels or Waux-Hall, as it was called, is a historical entertainment venue in Brussels that was designed by Alexandre Bultos in 1781. This venue was known for hosting a plethora of events from the fields of music, dance and drama and was a popular entertainment destination amongst the locals. It was inspired by the Vauxhall Garden in London which was also used as a public entertainment venue. Today, the property is owned by municipality and is used as a venue for several art and cultural events.