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Flower Carpet - August 16-19, 2018!


The Grand-Place, Brussels

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Every 2 years, the Grand-Place in Brussels is covered with a carpet of begonias (usually in August and only for one weekend). The 1st carpet was born in 1971 on the Grand Place by architect E. Stautemans, who was inspired by other carpets created in diverse Flemish cities. This carpet of 77 x 24 m is realized in several stages and is planned 1 year in advance. The life-size drawing of the carpet is put on a transparent and micro-drilled plastic sheet. The carpet then has to be made by approx. 120 volunteers who install near a million begonias (at the rate of 300 by m3) within 4 hours.

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Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula


Place Sainte-Gudule, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

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The Roman-Catholic Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula is located between the Upper and Lower town on the Treurenberg hill. It dates back to the beginning of 11 century when was here built a Romanesque church but the cathedral status was granted in 1962. In 1047, the Duke of Brabant, Lambert II let relocate to the church the relics of St. Gudula. She, together with Archangel Michael, became patrons of the church and the city itself. In the 13th century, Henry I, Duke of Brabant commissioned the renovation of the church. Work began in 1225 and over a period of 300 years the building was enlarged and transformed into the Gothic church we see today – it is one of finest examples of Brabant Gothic architecture.

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The Galeries Royales St. Hubert


Galerie du Roi 5, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

webgrsh.be phone+32 2 545 09 90

The St. Hubert Gallery was designed in 1847 and it was the 1st commercial and most elegant gallery in Europe (the second one – Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II was built in Milano in 1865). The gallery is 200 meters long, and covered by a huge glass dome which passes the light but no rain. There are three zones: the Queen's Gallery, the Gallery of the King and the Hall of Princes. Inside you can see dozens of shop windows decorated with all luxury, jewelry best chocolate, exclusive fashion shops, quality restaurants and cafes and even a small theater and a cinema.

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Atomium


Avenue de l'Atomium, 1020 Bruxelles

webatomium.be phone+32 2 475 47 77

Built for the 1958 World Exhibition, the Atomium is shaped on the model of an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times. Beyond surreal walks through tubes and spheres, the Atomium houses a permanent exhibition about its history as well temporary exhibitions for a broad public (sciences, design, society). The upper sphere offers unique and spectacular views across the city skyline. At night, 2970 lights offer a fairy dimension to the 102m high building. The panoramic restaurant is daily open until 11pm.

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Mini-Europe Park


Bruparck, Brussels B-1020

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The unique Mini-Europe park was a team effort commissioned by the Belgian government and opened by Prince Philip in 1989. The 24,000 square metres of park is filled with 1:25 scaled models which resemble surprisingly well the actual buildings, sites and monuments of famous Europe cities. You can see the eruption of Vesuvius, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bullfight in Seville, the London Big Ben, gondolas in Venice, Eiffel tower and much more!

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Horta Museum


Amerikastraat 25, 1060 Brussel

webhortamuseum.be phone+ 32 2 543 04 90

The Horta Museum was originally the house that Victor Horta built for himself in the late 1890's. In the splendid Art Nouveau interiors there is a permanent display of furniture, utensils and art objects designed by Horta and his contemporaries as well as documents related to his life and time. The museum also organises temporary exhibitions on topics related to Horta and his art. The building is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Cantillon Brewery


Rue Gheude 56, 1070 Anderlecht, Belgium

webcantillon.be phone+32 2 521 49 28

Come in and discover a unique brewers' patrimony, a lambic brewery from 1900 where a family of master-brewers which is proud of her traditions and her products is still brewing. You will see one of the last traditional breweries where nearly nothing has changed during the last century. You will experience a unique moment amid the lambic fumes which escape from the barrels in which the beer matures for three years. An individual visit is possible on any moment of the day. A glass of beer is included in the fee. Entrance fee: 6 EUR

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Manneken Pis


rue de l’Etuve 31, 1000 Brussels

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To see the Manneken Pis (peeing naked boy) is a must when you visit a Brussels. It is a small bronze sculpture which was created in 1619 by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and it is the most famous symbol of the city. The statue is dressed in costume several times each week, according to a published schedule which is posted on the railings around the fountain. His wardrobe consists of more then 700 different costumes, many of which may be viewed in a permanent exhibition inside the City Museum, located in the Grand Place, immediately opposite the Town Hall. Tourists can be disappointed when they come and see that in reality the sculpture is smaller than expected from pictures.

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Jeanneke Pis


Impasse de la Fidélité 10-12, 1000 Bruxelles

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Jeanneke Pis is a modern fountain and a small bronze sculpture of a peeing girl which forms a counterpoint in gender terms to the city's trademark Manneken Pis at the Grand Place (Grote Markt). The statue of a girl was created 1985 when the feministic movement got it through. It is located on the east side of the Impasse de la Fidélité / Getrouwheidsgang (Fidelity Alley). It is much less well known than its male counterpart, being a new addition instead of a centuries-old symbol of the city. The sculpture of Jeanneke Pis is currently protected by iron bars from vandalism.

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