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"Walk on the Barricades Square" Biking & Walking Brussels Tip by DanielF

Biking & Walking Brussels, Brussels: 18 reviews and 40 photos


This round square surrounded by simple Neo-classical buildings is presided by a statue of the famous anatomist from Brussels Andrew Vesalius. The Square is named after the barricades that were erected during the riots of the Revolution of August 1830, which eventually led to the Belgian independence and to the preponderance of the French-speaking community over the Flemish.

Victor Hugo, the famous French author, used to own a house on this square (he also lived on the Grand Place while in his exile in Brussels). The house exists today, but part the square's stylistic unity has been mutilated with the construction of inappropriate buildings in the surroundings.

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  • Updated Feb 22, 2007
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