"Rues Montagne de la Cour, Coudenberg, Ravenstein" Top 5 Page for this destination Brussels Travelogue by Norali
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Up to now, admire the pictures...
Enlarge the picture and you will see a kind of black whale wing.. kind of weirdo.
It is an element that uses to rotate on itself. It is in the middle of a fountain. Round the fountain is a low fence where people use to sit, just to enjoy the view.
Either the view on the buildings, either to watch from far the sunset on the spire of the Town hall... either to "admire" Fortis building at far.
Fortis building, here we are.
Well, I got used to it since a good friend of mine works there and there was a time we used to see each other very often. I still use to go here and we have lunch together... but for me, the building is awful.
At front, this pale orange-brick house, Hôtel Ravenstein, is where the engineering federation (Société Royale Belge des Ingénieurs et des Industriels) has its bureau.. Some works were on the building.
The Hotel Ravenstein is the last surviving building of the 15th century Burgundian period. This is a classified building, off course. Only a part of it has kept its original setting.
Look here to visit the house (click on the image): http://www.srbii.be/Le_ravenstein/lhotel.htm
In between them, some outlets (incl. a bookshop) and.. Palais des Beaux-Arts, designed by Victor Horta. You see the waving flags on top of the building... This is now called Le Bozar... I still wonder why... For sure, it's far easier to pronounce than Palais des Beaux-Arts...
Something I noticed here too is the small length of the streets.
It won't continue that far until you reach Rue Montagne de la Cour.
Spot the white tent on the facade here...
Next to the engineers' house is one of house I like very much in Brussels.
I don't really know why since, looking closer at it, it's the least academically beautiful amongst buildings in the area. The one next to it with the famous sun dials is good-looking. Though, I find in "my little house" some kind of charm, you now...
Are not those brite yellow stores on an old-fashioned house charming?..
.. and there, is the white tent again.
From le Bozar to "my house", Rue Ravenstein. It starts here in fact. Le Bozar is located Rue Ravensteinstraat 23.
We are now climbing Rue Coudenberg. Buildings on Rue Coudenberg are all on the opening picture. You see? The street is not very long. It starts with n°64, ends with n°76.
Pharmacie Delacre was located at n°64-66. The sun dial top stroke my attention, off course. Parts of both buildings are classified as well.
In Coudenberg street, you will find in other buildings a bookshop, an art workshop and association, an art gallery... and a building where to take Japanese calligraphy lessons.
Rue Villa Hermosa, the last cul-de-sac in Brussels, separates Histoires bookshop from MIM building.
Now, we are entering Rue Montagne de la Cour...
Also for me, the whole area is interesting, both from architectural and historical point of view... One day, I will have the courage to handle results of some info gathering to you... but, not now.
Off course, this one is a landmark of Brussels. The Old England department store used to locate here. It now houses the MIM (Music Instruments Museum).
At the left of the MIM, lies Rue Villa Hermosa, the last cul-de-sac in Brussels. Here ends Rue Coudenberg... Then starts Rue Montagne de la Cour...
It still says OLD ENGLAND...
You will have a nice view on the spire of Brussels Town hall from the corner turret here.
Head to MIM restaurant and have a look through the bow-window...
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