The City of Brussels has many places to visit with impressive architecture, attractions, museums and the famous central square, the Grand Place, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Among the places to see, here are a few:
The Town Hall
Located in the Grand Place, the Town Hall was built in the 15th century in beautiful Gothic style. It has a distinctive tall tower and spire where Brussels’ patron saint, Michael, stands at the top, and the facade of the building has many fine sculptures. You can have a guided tour of the Town Hall to learn all about the history of the building and admire the elegant features, the beautiful paintings as well with tapestries and sculptures.
This building was constructed for the World Exhibition in 1958, is 102 metres tall and is very innovative architecture. It is a popular attraction in Brussels and has come to be one of the symbols of the City. The construction has nine spheres made of stainless steel and is shaped like a cell of a giant iron crystal, and tubes connect the spheres. Visitors can go inside the spheres and there is an exhibition displaying the history of the construction, and from the top sphere you can have wonderful views over the City.
Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula
You can visit this superb medieval Cathedral and see many fine features such as the intricately sculpted altarpiece made of marble and alabaster in the Chapel of St. Mary Magdalen. The grand 17th century pulpit has beautiful sculptures of Adam and Eve and the Virgin Mary, and on the columns in the nave are Baroque sculptures of the Apostles.
Old Masters Museum and Modern Museum, Royal Museums of Fine Arts
At these Museums, visitors can see a wide range of art ranging from the 15th century to present day, including paintings, sculptures and drawings. In the Old Masters Museum visitors can see stunning works from the 1400’s to the 1700’s, by artists including Hans Memling, Rogier van der Weyden, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Anthony van Dyck and Rubens. In the Modern Museum, you can see works from the late 1700’s to present and includes works by artists including Jacques-Louis David.
The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Museum
Visitors to this Museum can see a vast collection of natural artefacts, and among the range of exhibits here are Palaeolithic artefacts such as a tooth dated up to two and a half million years old and human remains from the Early Mesolithic and Middle Neolithic periods. Other exhibits include skeletons of iguanodons, whales and mammoths along with mineral and meteorite collections.
Musical Instruments Museum
At this Museum visitors can see a wide and varied range of fascinating musical instruments from all around the world. Among the collections you can see are western wind and stringed instruments, historic keyboards and traditional instruments from Europe. You can also see other fascinating instruments such as those from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania.
This is a medieval city gate from the defensive walls that once surrounded the city. This impressive historic fortified gate now houses a Museum where you can learn all about medieval Brussels and the building’s history, and see interesting exhibits including a collection of armoury.
This is a great attraction to visit for all ages where you can see miniature recreations of the many of the most famous places and landmarks in Europe. Among the fascinating detailed models are the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Big Ben which you can hear ringing. Many of the models have interactive features such as the erupting Mount Vesuvius and the Berlin wall falling.
This is an interesting Museum where you can come and see a large collection of historic vehicles dating from the late 1800’s to the 1970’s from Europe and America. Included in the exhibits are horse drawn carriages, vintage cars, motorcycles and sports and racing cars.
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