"Lace concrete or concrete lace?" Top 5 Page for this destination Guild Houses Tip by Norali

Guild Houses, Brussels: 36 reviews and 51 photos

  Hotel de ville
by Norali

This is our City Hall. Beautiful isn't it? For me, the spire looks like a fragile lace in concrete... on which perches the Archangel Michael, patron saint of the city.

Most of time, in Belgium, city halls are located on the very Grote markt or Grand-Place according to the language of the area you are visiting.

Construction of this Brussels gothic building is reported to begin in 1402. Also, it seems that it was the only building to survive the 1695 bombing during the French occupation of Brussels.

I had a chance once to attend the wedding ceremony of a friend. Inside was not that impressive but it's not that common one gets married there. Wedding ceremonies are usually held in Maisons communales (municipality halls). In the case of my friend, I don't really know why they have chosen the City hall.

Yet, at the end of the ceremony, we went outside and yes, that was beautiful. Many people around. When I could move back and watch the picture sessions from afar, the majesty of the building added to the ambience were impressive. Elegant!

The mass in a neighbouring church was heavenly. Was it Saint-Nicolas?

Address: Grand Place,1000 Brussels
Directions: Grand-Place. Metro M station: Debrouckère, Gare centrale (Central station)
Website: http://www.ilotsacre.be

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  • Updated Nov 20, 2004
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