"Fifth Itinerary: From the Marolles to Saint-Gilles" Information & Sources Tip by DanielF
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The southern part of the historical area of Brussels is known as the Marolles (after a former convent of nuns). Traditionally, this has been a working-class area and successive waves of immigrants have given it a touch of cosmopolitanism. Nowadays, the Marolles are in the process of gentrification and trendy cafés, restaurants and stores are flourishing next to the most traditional venues, some of which look like time would have stopped several decades ago.
The adjacent municipality, Saint-Gilles, is one of the smallest in the Brussels agglomeration, but has a few tourist attractions which are worth the detour. Parts of Saint-Gilles have retained a small-town atmosphere, where everybody knows each other, and, in general, the municipality has been able to preserve its architectural heritage (which mostly dates back back to the turn of the century) to a greater extent than other parts of Brussels.
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