"Fourth Itinerary: Exploring the European Quarter" European Commission Complex Tip by DanielF
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The so-called Quartier Léopold was developped in the XIX century to accomodate the prosperous bourgeoisie, which did no longer find comfortable to live in the congested centre of Brussels. So far, the area, which was beyond the city walls, was a rural valley crossed by a small stream called Maalbeek (today vaulted). The area was annexed to the municipality of Brussels in compensation for different road and urban development investments.
The chessboard pattern of the street grid favoured the construction of office blocks, which progressively replaced the stately homes during the second half of the XX century. That is why parts of this district look today lifeless and rather grey, specially around Law and Belliard Streets. However, there is much more to the Quartier Léopold than meets the eye and some of the most interesting aspects of Brussels are scattered in its streets, including most of the buildings that host the European institutions.
Although most of the institutions are located in the Leopold Quarter (around Schuman Square), the European Quarter actually continues beyond it towards the municipality of Etterbeek, a pleasant residential area where many so-called Eurochrats have chosen to live and which also has several sites of interest.
Address: Rue de la Loi 200, 1049 Bruxelles
Directions: Between Rue Archimède & Boulevard Charlemagne
Phone: +32 2 299 11 11
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