Famous Gothic buildings
Brussels. The Sights Of Brussels. Information about Brussels.
Brussels the capital of Belgium. Now the city population is approximately 1 million people. Brussels is also considered the “main gate” to the country: through it pass the main routes leading into Belgium through the Flemish city. In our days, Brussels is the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. Despite the abundance of businessmen and politicians, the attractions of Brussels made it a wonderful vacation spot for tourists.
The centre can be divided into two parts: upper and lower. In the lower town, you risk getting lost in the maze of small streets surrounding the Grand place; in the upper – endlessly surprising and magnificent boulevards Gothic buildings. All the most interesting sights of Brussels are within a distance of only four blocks. You can just walk around the city looking at the famous “Manneken Pis”, museums dedicated to famous artists, or just visit small shops of Souvenirs, such as lace or Belgian chocolates.
In the North of Brussels is the famous Atomium, which symbolizes the human knowledge of the atom and the Bruparck, where the world-famous Museum of Mini-Europe – a Grand collection of more than 300 models of famous buildings and dostoprimechatelnostey EU countries on a scale of 1:25, including big Ben and mount Vesuvius. Listing the sights of Brussels, we must mention the Gothic town Hall (Hotel de Ville), which rises on the Grand-place. The top of the 96 meter high tower of the town hall is decorated with a bronze weather vane depicting Saint Michael’s, striking the devil. Over the gateway are statues of prophets, figures of women, symbolizing high virtue and image of the Dukes and duchesses. Inside the building is some excellent tapestries, some of them are in the Gothic hall, which offers concerts of chamber music. The “Judgment of God” Cathedral of St. Michael, the patron Saint of Brussels, is illuminated in the evenings.
The Brussels city Museum contains a diverse collection dedicated to the art and history of Brussels. The exposition of the Museum includes more than 650 costumes for the famous statue Mannequin IPRs. The Belgian Royal Museum of fine arts brings together two of the richest Museum, with collections from the fourteenth century to the present day – the Museum of antique art (works by Rubens, Bouts and Memling, and other old masters), and Museum of modern art (Picasso, Chagall and Henry Moore and other artists), opened in 1984.
Best time to visit Brussels is late spring, when the days in Northern Europe are getting longer and the crowds of summer tourists have not yet descended here. You will need at least two days, to get an idea about Brussels, but if the city hosts the festival, you should plan your