Architecture

Brussels has a collection of buildings of historical importance and value to the city. Many different architectural styles can be found in Brussels, and monuments symbolize the successive stages of its rich history.

The magnificent Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Guilda is a good example of Gothic architecture (13th to 15th century) in Brussels. Standing in the middle of Gallows Hill, on the border between the top (in French) and lower (in Spanish) sections of the city, the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Guild watches over Brussels. Although the building we see today is the Gothic style of Brabant, who was of Roman origin, but later converted. In fact, due to the amount of time it took to build the cathedral that actually includes four architectural styles.

The style of the architecture of most of the other monuments of the Grand-Place Market/ Grote is Baroque (17th century).

Neoclassical architecture gains importance in the 18th century with the Place Royale and the Royal Palace.

The Seneffe Castle, The property consists of a castle or stately Neoclassical house, built in the 18th century, which is home to the finest collection of silver in Belgium, a theater, a greenhouse, an aviary, an English-style park is spread over 22 acres with a French-style garden and a lake with an island which can be reached by a very romantic bridge.

The Palace of Justice, the courts of Brussels law is an imitation of the ancient Greeks-Romans style that dominates the city skyline.

Very typical and unique of Brussels is the Art Nouveau style with its genius master, Victor Horta. In the 20th century, Art Nouveau became the Art Deco and modern styles. Of all the examples of architectural style, Brussels is proud of its Art Nouveau era. Art Noveau was an internationally popular style of art and architecture that reached its peak of popularity. The overall design includes sources of posters and signs, furniture, furnishings and structural elements within homes and other buildings. The best way to see these buildings is by taking a walk or cycling.

If the design is a passion, you really should not miss the museum dedicated to St. Gilles Horta and at the same time in the area, Flagey, an Art Deco style building, once home to the National Broadcasting Corporation, now an elegant arts center and a cafeteria.

And of course, a section on architecture is not complete without mentioning two of the city’s greatest landmarks: the Grand’Place and the Atomium.

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