"Do some shopping in style" Shopping Tip by DanielF
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OMNIBUS OMNIA (Everything for Everybody). That is what is written on the façade of the Royal Galeries that replaced the shady former Saint Hubert Street. And in fact this commercial gallery was conceived by architect Cluysenart in the mid XIX century as a de luxe shopping arcade where the well-heeled inhabitants of Brussels could find all the necessary products to satisfy their needs.
The galleries are divided in two parts (King Galery and Queen Galery) plus a smaller perpendicular one (Princes Galery) and almost everything has remained unchanged since they were built, using the innovative technique of iron girders to support the soaring glass vaulted ceiling. The arcade was decorated in a Neo-classical style, with Greek gods that look down to the tourists and customers from their lofty niches.
Not only are the structure and the decoration original, but they also still host a number of traditional businesses which have been established there since 19th century, including the first Neuhaus store ever, an artisanal glove-maker, a lace atelier, an interesting book store, an art deco inn and even a small theater with in-house bistro.
All these reasons have made of them one of the main tourist magnets in Brussels.
Address: Many shops to be found in Brussels
Directions: Located throughout the city.
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