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- Posted:Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Travel Tip: Sit out in a Brussels square
The historic and political city of Brussels is home to some of Europe’s finest architecture both old and new. The layout of the city itself compliments the buildings and one of the best places to appreciate this architecture is in its many city squares.
The most popular of Brussels city squares is probably the Grand’Place. This square is surrounded by some of the city’s most beautiful houses. These guild houses date back to the 17th century and are designed in a Baroque style.
Another great Brussels square can be found in the lower town area and is called Place des Martyrs. This square is home to a monument in memory of the patriots who died in a war of independence in the early 19th century. In Place des Martyrs you will also find some stunning neoclassical architecture dating from the late 1700s.
And for a popular and lively square pay a visit to Place du Grand Sablon, otherwise known as ‘Sand Square’. This elegant square is home to many cafes and restaurants which are the perfect place for observing some of the city’s amazing architecture, including two churches. One of these churches is the Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon which is a creative Gothic church dating back to 1304.