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Brussels (Brussel, Bruxelles), the capital of Belgium, situated at the crossroads of Western Europe, is now the siege of the European Union. It has been historically a highly successful mercantile city of northern Europe since medieval times. The Grand-Place in Brussels is a remarkably homogeneous body of public and private buildings, dating mainly from the late 17th century, when the city was at the heights of its propserity. The architecture, in its eclectic and harmonious blending of architectural and artistic styles, provides a vivid illustration of the level of social and cultural life of the period. The Grand-Place in Brussels is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The transition from the 19th to the 20th century in art, thought, and society, was spearheaded by an artistic movement called Art Nouveau. One of the earliest initiators of Art Nouveau, the architect Victor Horta, designed a number of townhouses in Brussels. Four of those townhouses form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Subsequently Brussels became a center of surrealist art, and then of comic strip art.

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Town hall, Grand Place, dusk. Brussels, Belgium ( color) La Chaloupe d'or tavern, former tailors guild house, Grand Place, night. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Lights reflected in wet cobblestones, Grand Place. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Roof of King's house, Grand Place. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Baroque Guild houses, Grand Place. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Lace store with Belgian flag, Grand Place. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Brewers' guidhall. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Grand Place and town hall. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Detail of the gothic town hall. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Manneken Pis. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Tavern Chaloupe d'or. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Strawberry dipped in chocolate. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Vendor holding a Belgian waffle. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Belgian waffles with a variety of toppings. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Boy eating a Belgian waffle. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Galeries St Hubert, Europe's first shopping arcade, built in 1846. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Rue des Bouchers, a narrow cobbled street lined with restaurants. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Hotel Solvay, an Art Nouveau masterpiece. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Door of Horta Museum in Art Nouveau style. Brussels, Belgium ( color) Tintin, Milou, and Belgian flag. Brussels, Belgium ( color)

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Themes: Town Houses Of Architect Victor Horta
Places: European Cities

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