"Enjoy the Peace of the Little Sandbank Square" Place du Petit Sablon Tip by DanielF

Place du Petit Sablon, Brussels: 35 reviews and 70 photos

Just across Regency Street from the Church of Our Lady, the enchanting little square du Petit Sablon is a place worth of spending several minutes enjoying the peace of the beautiful gardens.

The Square was one of the many developments that the city undertook in view of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Belgium's independence in 1880, designed by the architect Henri Beyaert.

It was a time when European countries were living a wave of fierce patriotism that eventually led to what we all know. The young Belgian nation did not escape to this trend and more so, since the national conscience still needed to be forged. That is why the gardens are decorated with historical characters from the Southern Low Countries, elevated to the category of fathers of the new nation. The central sculpture depicts the Earls of Egmont and Hoorn, two noble men who opposed Phippe II's religious intransigence and were finally executed in the Grand Place by order of the infamous Duke of Alba.

Address: 1000 Bruxelles
Directions: At Rue de la Régence
Website: http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm/5462

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  • Updated May 15, 2008
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