Archive for the year 2008

Eglise Sainte-Marie

Posted 12 January 2008 | By | Categories: Churches | 1 Comment

Eglise Royale Sainte-Marie, or in English St. Mary’s Church is located in the municipality of Schaarbeek. Built in 1845 it is somewhat of an oddity since it’s the only Romanesque-Byzantine style church in Brussels. The architect Louis Van Overstraeten who designed it found inspiration from the Basilica di San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy.   Approaching […]

Molenbeek Town Hall

Posted 10 January 2008 | By | Categories: town hall | No Comments

La maison communale de Molenbeek-Saint-Jean or in English the Town Hall of Molenbeek. outside view as you enter the building

Tour noire

Posted 09 January 2008 | By | Categories: Old town wall | No Comments

La tour noire or in English the black tower located right behind the St. Catherine Church is one of the few remnants of the old town wall that was demolished in the 16th Century. The tower was saved from demolition simply because it could be used as a storage facility and nowadays houses a little […]

Eurocrats downtime

Posted 08 January 2008 | By | Categories: place | No Comments

A good place to spot the Eurocrats in Brussels during lunch time or after hours is Place du Luxembourg located just next to the European parliament.   Good times laughing wholeheartedly The building looming far away in the back is the European parliament After hours leisure

Notre-Dame-aux-Riches-Claires

Posted 07 January 2008 | By | Categories: Churches | 2 Comments

L’église Notre-Dame-aux-Riches-Claires is a little gem of a church  made all of red bricks dating back from 1617 and build in the Flemish Renaissance style. The layout was made for two distinct purposes. The main part was used by the congregation and the other adjacent building was a convent for nuns that was converted into privately […]

Passage du Nord

Posted 06 January 2008 | By | Categories: shopping | No Comments

Built in between 1881 and 1882 the Passage du Nord is small a shopping arcade that crosses from boulevard Adolph Max to rue Neuve.   The gallery stands between the house of cats at one end and the luxurious Hotel Métropole at the other It is decorated by a group of children carved by Albert […]

Square Ambiorix

Posted 05 January 2008 | By | Categories: Square | 2 Comments

Square Ambiorix is a bowl of fresh air located just 120 meters away from Shuman that is home of the EU institutions. Its really worth the short walk if you ever are in that part of Brussels since it also has around 20 very interesting buildings dating back from 1890. One of them being the […]

Fish Market

Posted 02 January 2008 | By | Categories: Market | No Comments

Marché aux poissons can be found just a mere five minutes walk from the center and as the name implies its where once stood the old fish market. Outside of the bustling time it hosts the Brussels Christmas market its original vocation of being in the business of selling fish has been slightly modified over […]

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