Construída em 1929 em estilo art-deco para o banqueiro holandês e colecionador de arte David Van Buuren, esta bela mansão foi transformada num museu em 1973. Nela estão em exposição tapeçaria fina, vidros soprados e pinturas de mestres tanto clássicos como modernos. Os mais famosos são A Queda de Icarus de Breughel e obras de Ensor e de Van Gogh. Exposições de escultura contemporânea são organizadas no jardim. Para visitas em grupo é preciso serem feitas reservas.
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.
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudulal is the location for Belgium's royal weddings and funerals. It started its construction in the 13th-century and it was completed two centuries later. Various chapels were added during the 16th and 17th centuries. A striking figure of precision and symmetry, the cathedral serves as a monumental example of Brabant-Gothic architecture. Outside, two awe-inspiring towers attract attention and it is hard not to admire the intricate stained-glass windows. The remnants of the 10th-century Romanesque church, on top of which the cathedral was built, evoke considerable awe as well. Concerts featuring religious or classical music are also regularly held here.
Este é o maior complexo de museus na Bélgica, abriga o Museu de Arte Antiga e o Museu de Arte Moderna. Localizado no coração de Bruxelas, este museu tem uma rica colecção de arte do século 14 e de artefatos. Suas produções mais valiosas são numerosas obras confiscadas pelos revolucionários franceses em 1794, as colecções de King William I e obras independentes realizadas por artistas belgas em 1830. O local oferece visitas guiadas e pacotes especiais para estudantes.
Para o 50º aniversário da independência belga em 1880, o Rei Leopold II encomendou a criação deste parque e de seu grandioso arco triunfal. Hoje, se-pode visitar alguns dos seus museus, o Autoworld e o Jubelpark ou pode descansar-se sobre a relva macia e admirar as casas solenes. A Grande Mesquita e o Templo das Paixões do Homem (o primeiro monumento de Victor Horta) também podem ser encontrados aqui. Todos os anos, em 21 de julho, data do Feriado Nacional, existe uma noite de exibição pirotécnica. O Jubelpark é um local ideal para todos.
A Art Nouveau foi praticamente nasceu em Bruxelas. Victor Horta (1861-1947), considerado o mestre da arte de Bruxelas, concebeu esta casa e viveu nela até 1919; existem centenas desses edifícios espalhados pela cidade. Esta casa foi restaurada em 1991 e é agora um museu. Horta é conhecido por seus projetos de edifícios utilizando materiais industriais como metal e ferro, manipulados de modo que parecessem orgânicos e naturais.
This cyclist's association was founded in 1992. It not only offers bikes for hire, but the group has built up a great reputation with their guided city biking tours. There are 11 different circuits ranging from Treasures of the Art Nouveau and Brussels, greenest of cities to Brussels by Night, each generally lasting three to four hours. Tours can be arranged for groups. Information on prices can be obtained from their website. They also give Bikes on rent for all those who wish to explore the place on their own.
This cinema is among the most beloved in Brussels. Specializing in screening classic films, it's truly a gem in the city for movie-lovers. With its five screens, it provides variety without being too big. It is one of the venues that hosts the Brussels Festival of Short Films in April and May.
Stop by to see a debate session in action between EU member countries at the European Union Parliament building. The Parliament is home to the only elected body of the European Union; here, members decide important and pressing legislation that impacts the everyday lives of European Union citizens. Witness firsthand the process of lawmaking, where issues like consumer rights, transportation and civic rights take the stage! If you're interested in politics, stop by here to see how this multilateral body functions!
Antoine Wiertzmuseum is a division of the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts (The Royal Museums of Art and History) and is dedicated to the works of Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865). This painter was born in Dinant, studied in Antwerp and in Rome, and only moved to Brussels in the latter part of his life. In Brussels this museum had a gigantic workshop which is now housing this museum. Wiertz really needed a workshop of this size because he saw things big, some of Wiertz's works are 16 meters (52 feet) tall!
From dinosaur fossils to live tarantulas to rare gems, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Museum explores the natural wonders of our fascinating planet. The permanent galleries are unique and interesting, including a Gallery of Evolution, Insects Hall, and Minerals Hall. In addition to the permanent displays, the museum features several temporary exhibitions throughout the year, including interactive exhibits. This museum also serves as a research facility.
With its stately facade, opulent interiors and lush, formal gardens, the Royal Palace is a fitting abode for the offices of the King and Queen of Belgium. The individual rooms are lavishly adorned with crystal chandeliers, gilded details, antique furniture, exquisite artwork, and detailed carvings. Of special note is the artwork that adorns the ceiling of the Mirror Room, composed of over a million beetle carapaces inlaid to form intricate designs. Each summer, the palace is opened to the public; a time-honored tradition that grants access to this symbol of Belgium's thriving monarchy.