5 historical monuments hidden in the streets of Brussels.
Of all the cities in Europe, Brussels is one of the most touristy. In fact, in 2019, it welcomed more than four million tourists thirsty for adventure. They will certainly find it in the Belgian capital, whether in culinary form with its sumptuous dishes or through its historical monuments soaked in Belgian charm. However, most visitors only see the main square and the Manneken Pis, which is not a problem in itself, but there are a multitude of other important historical monuments hidden in the capital that are often overlooked by tourists. Whether you want to learn more about the city of Brussels or refresh your memory, here is a list of monuments to see the next time you visit.
Visit the Royal Palace of Brussels
This palace, located in the center of Brussels, being the administrative residence of the king as well as his place of work, houses several historical artifacts. Indeed, the palace itself, built in 1783 is an architectural relic of another era. However, the real stars are inside the building. You can find antique furniture, portraits of the royal family and many others. However, the interior of the palace is only open to the public from July 21 to early September.
Discover the place where kings and queens get married: St. Michael’s and St. Gudula’s Cathedral
Located in one of the most crowded crossroads of Brussels, close to the Sablon, this cathedral is a perfect example of the gothic architecture that dominated Europe in the Middle Ages through its exterior and interior. This cathedral also has a lot of religious value for the city of Brussels as St. Michael and St.
A place normally forbidden to the public, the Royal Greenhouses De Laeken :
These greenhouses located on the outskirts of Brussels house a huge variety of plants and flowers amassed over the centuries. Initially created by King Leopold 2, these greenhouses are filled with many plants discovered by him during his expeditions. In this 2.5 hectare complex, one can also find a small chapel called the “iron church” which is worth a visit. The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are not permanently open. If you are passing by during their opening hours, don’t miss to visit them!
The house of a great humanist: House of Erasmus:
Fans of literature and philosophy will greatly appreciate this monument. Indeed, as the name suggests, this establishment housed the great humanist Erasmus during his 5-month stay in 1521 in the capital of Belgium. Inside, there is a museum in his honor that contains a variety of artifacts from his visit such as several original texts and documents written by Erasmus himself during his stay.
One of the last medieval remains of Brussels, the Hal Gate
Built in 1381, this building is considered to be one of the last relics of the second medieval walls that protected the city of Brussels during the Middle Ages. It served several functions, from granary to prison, after its military function was abandoned in 1564, before becoming a museum in 1847. The city of Brussels hides in its bowels a huge variety of historical monuments and museums to please everyone, from botany fans to budding historians.