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The "Caprice des Dieux" (the "Gods Whims") aka, the Europarliament Spaak and Spinelli Buildings. have been cynically nicknamed like that because it looks like a cheese that has the same shape and because it was very expensive and big. It was built with the enlargement in mind and, if I am correct, 800 MP's can sit in it. You can see it behind the XIXth century Quartier Léopold's Train Station that now looks like a dwarf which makes the view even more impressive. The Quartier Léopold was a typical Brussels neighbourhood but it has been half-destroyed to make room for Euro-institutions despite the mobilisation of its inhabitants. The last to leave was on old artist who had to be escorted by the police...
For those who are interested, you can visit the Parliament: http://www.europarl.eu.int/abc/visit/visit_en.htm

Address: rue Wiertz , 1047 Bruxelles
Directions: Espace Léopold
Phone: +32 2 284 21 11
Website: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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