"Take a Stroll around the Cathedral" Biking & Walking Brussels Tip by DanielF

Biking & Walking Brussels, Brussels: 19 reviews and 42 photos

It is easy to imagine that the steep streets that lead from the cathedral to the Ville Haute (Upper Town) would now ooze with charm if the original medieval-looking buildings had been preserved. Nevertheless, this is not the case, as most of the ancient buildings were replaced at the turn of the century by imposing edificies built with the purpose to house Belgium's most important insurance and financial institutions. As a result, this area, that used to be the banking hub of Belgium, is now full of imposing Beaux Arts and historicist buildings, but also some expressionist and even some examples of brutalist architecture can be seen around.

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  • Updated Apr 18, 2013
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