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What to look in Brussels at? Three eras of

Brussels - one of the most underestimated cities from the tourist point of view. But actually it is the various and interesting city, chock-full sights, worthy the closest attention and, respectively, visit. For a set of centuries of existence of the city in it is mute the set of the areas characteristic of this or that era appeared. On these eras we will also walk.

the Middle Ages

the Ancient downtown - as the precious casket, with ancient houses in neogothic style, fascinates by the market square Gran Plyas. Besides the town hall striking with the facade with 96 - Houses of the King, here the well-known cafe “Lebed“ with the corresponding plate where the creator of “Capital“ Karl Marx and his sponsor Friedrich Engels liked to stop is a meter tower which was constructed in the 13th century on Jan van Ryoysbruk`s project and.

Of course, nearby from there is a symbol of Brussels - it is that Manneken pis which disappoints with the sizes all who see it for the first time. About an origin of this lovely sculpture there are three versions.

The matter is that Brussels constantly was exposed to attacks of conquerors which wanted to deprive of independence Belgium - and thus, heroic history of the country is reflected in a sculpture. The first version says that it is a monument to the kid which extinguished in such nontrivial way a match on the bomb thrown by enemies in the city. Second legend of an origin of the bronze pissing kid more petty-bourgeois: following it, one rich citizen ordered to the famous sculptor a portrait of the one-year-old son, having set a condition that it will depict him in that natural look in which will meet in a garden. The result is known to all.

The third version - mystical: one fairy (or the witch that was in those days same) became angry about the kid who watered a threshold of her house, and turned it into a sculpture. It is authentically known that the fountain in the form of the pissing kid existed in the 15th century and was called quite so. But the present sculpture in that look as it is, was made in the 19th century - for all history of existence of the fountain he was repeatedly kidnapped.

The residents of Brussel love the original monument and often change clothes of it for different clothes on a season - them a lot of (about 800) that in the House of the King on the square there is the whole museum of its clothes collected. The Dummy Pis presented the first suit in 1698 the Elector Bavarian, then, already in half a century, the French king Louis XV sent it vestments from gold brocade, and went - went.

But the few know that in the city there is also Yanneken Pis now - a monument to the pissing girl. The matter is that coins which tourists threw into the fountain to the boy`s sculpture gathered, and recently on these means the pair sculpture was constructed. It is near the Dummy pis, in Fidelite Deadlock, near the well-known bar and already became a peculiar sight of the city.

There is no sense to stop on numerous Gothic cathedrals of Brussels - in the downtown they literally continually. Around Laken there is a remarkable Gothic cathedral Notr - will give - - Laken with whom in the neighbourhood the beautiful cemetery Laken with numerous ancient gravestone sculptures and an ancient crypt - underground burials which, unfortunately, collapse is located, from - for what the entrance on this part of a cemetery is closed (there is a danger to fail). Now the crypt is restored at the expense of sponsors and again promised to be opened in a year. Not all know that on Laken`s cemetery there is one of five most famous “Thinkers“ of Rodin - not as a gravestone, and just a monument.

Modern times

Having risen on the special elevator on Plias Royal, it is possible to get to modern times and to see a fine panorama of the city. This era is presented in Brussels by the magnificent Royal palace adjoining it park, the Museum of fine arts and a so-called Royal botanical garden where a set of beautiful sculptures, palm trees, fountains and other sadovo - park design. Baroque grandiosity, abundance of bronze, curls and elaborate sculptures is characteristic of this part of the city. In the Royal palace meetings of glass, porcelain and silver, and in the museum of fine arts - works of the Dutch and Belgian masters are exposed.

The exchange - the neoclassical building with columns, a bas-relief and sculptures in which different exhibitions are held. Right there is ancient excavation closed by glass - ruins of the ancient monastery in which remains of dukes Brabant were allegedly found.

Near the center there is a beautiful building bewitching the appearance is the Museum of musical instruments where it is possible to take the audioguide and to listen to sounding of each of exhibits. If you the fan of comics, then to you the road to the Museum of Comics where you can track all history of this genre from the beginning up to now. Unfortunately, only its Belgian part - for example, adventures Ting Ting. The museum of toys is open 365 days in a year and it is pleasant not only nostalgic adults, but also children - many toys can play them without fear here to spoil.


Modern Brussels is based around the station and is presented by glass skyscrapers at which officials of the European Union sit and there are different office centers. Except skyscrapers as the symbol of the future is remarkable Atomium - the futuristic design 102 meters high constructed to opening of the World Fair in 1958. Atomium represents model from nine atoms of iron increased in 165 billion times. Model weight about 2400 tons, diameter of each sphere - 18 meters, six of nine of them are open for visitors. They unite among themselves twenty pipes 23 meters long in which there are escalators and corridors. In the highest, average, there is an elevator which literally in 25 seconds lifts visitors on the survey platform and in restaurant.

Thus if in your plan for the next year gaps which you do not know were formed, than to fill - without deliberating, go to Brussels! Its bourgeois charm - one of little remained in Europe, and that it and is valuable. In our changing world it is worth seizing the present moments until it sank into the abyss of globalization forever!