5. Bourse de Bruxelles – Beurs van Brussel
It is the main stock exchange in Belgium, founded in the 19th century by Napoleon. The building has a mixture of Neorenaissance and Second Empire styles and as outside ornaments some statues made by famous artists such as Auguste Rodin. The stock exchange, along with the dutch and french ones, makes up one pan-European stock exchange based on a federal structure. The Bourse is located just near the Grand Place and at the time I went there, they were holding something like a charity market with handmade stuff from Maghreb countries.
6. Église Notre-Dame du Sablon – Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ten Zavel
This church is truly beautiful inside and outside thanks to its stunning rib vaults; not by chance, it is considered one of the best examples of Gothic style in whole Belgium, along with the town hall on Grand Place. The construction started in the 14th century and ended the next century, even if it was modified a bit at the end of 1800, with the installation of the spiers outside. To have a nice stroll, I advice you to start from Mont des Arts, I talked about in the previous article, passing by the Royal Palace and at the end you will encounter this grand piece of architecture.
- How to Reach:
Take the blue 6 or orange 2 metro line and get off at Port de Namur station
It is a steel structure that can be found in Heysel Park near the stadium of the Belgian football team. It was built for the international expo in 1958; at first it should have lasted just 6 months but thanks to its rising fame, they decided to keep it. To be honest this place is nothing special if you do not intend to enter the Atomium so I do not advice you all to come here, it is not one of the best Bruxelles’ highlights. If you decide the enter, you must know the queue is pretty long and the price ticket quite expensive >/< But nearby there is a nice theme-park called the “mini europe” where you can visit the whole Europe in one day because the main monuments of the all european capitals in small sizes can be found there: highly adviced to those who have children.
- How to Reach:
Take the blue metro line 6 and get off at the last station Heysel.
- Bruxelles’ streets…be careful!
I wanted to add something about Bruxelles’ streets that really bothered me when I was there….some of them are really dirty, bad-maintained and there are even some buildings that are crumbling just in the middle of the capital! The Europe’s capital! And I must say some zones are totally dangerous with such people going around @@ I tell you what happened to us on Christmas night: we were wandering around to find some open restaurants, because you know on Christmas everything is closed, and we encountered some soldiers attacking a guy and throwing him on the ground. After what happened in Paris, I was like: “we are going to be blown away” so I grabbed my boyfriend and my friend, while my father went there to check if there was a restaurant and me on the other side shouting to come back xD In the end, the soldier sent my father away, thanks god! Anyway I would have never eaten in a restaurant there ahaha