"Place des Martyrs" Place des Martyrs' Tip by toonsarah
Place des Martyrs', Brussels: 3 reviews and 8 photos
Just a block from the busy shopping street Rue Neuve we stumbled upon this pretty 16th century square. We were actually in search of lunch (and found it in Brosella on the corner of the square) but having found this spot we lingered to take photos and appreciate the scene.
The square was built between 1773 and 1776, modelled on the Place Vendome in Paris, and was originally known as the Place Saint-Michel. It has apparently recently been refurbished after years of neglect and the white buildings surrounding the central statue were gleaming in the weak sunlight when we turned the corner on this unexpected haven. This statue is a monument commemorating 467 people who died during the Belgian revolution. The names of the dead are inscribed around the walls behind the arches, though the stairs down to them were locked when we visited. An eternal flame burns in front of the statue.
Address: Martelaarsplein, 1000 Ville de Bruxelles
Directions: On the east side of the Rue Nueve about halfway between the Bourse and the Gare du Nord
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