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The web site of the
Cantillon Brewery,
 producers of the original Brussels Lambic and Gueuze beer



The History of Lace

Brussels is more than a 1000 years old.

Today the name Brussels stands for an agglomeration of 19 communes forming one of the three Regions of the federal Belgian state; the capital of the Kingdom of Belgium; the headquarters of the French and Flemish Communities.

 Brussels also has an important international vocation : as the European capital the city is home to the European Commission and to the Council of ministers of the European Union (EU).

Brussels is the bilingual capital of Belgium. This means that both French and Dutch are the official languages of the city. Street names and traffic sings are always in these two languages. Furthermore, it is a cosmopolitan city where many different cultures live together and where different languages can be heard on each street. This liveliness and international flair is, of course, intimately related to its role as a crossroads for all of Europe.

The same variety and contrast can also be found in the different architectural styles that can be found in Brussels, the former capital of the medieval Duchy of Brabant. Gothic cathedrals and churches are next to - and sometimes in stark contrast with - gracious classical facades like the buildings around the Royal Square (Place Royale - Koningsplein), or beautiful art nouveau and art deco houses.

The heart of Brussels and the place to start getting to know the city is the Grand'Place (Grote Markt). This historic market square with its splendid guild houses and the impressive Gothic beauty of the Town Hall, is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful town squares in Europe.




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Tourist Office

Town Hall of Brussels
Grand'Place / Grote Markt 1 - 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32-(0)2-513.89.40  Fax: +32-(0)2-514.45.38

 


Brussels is the capital of the European Union  Click here to visit the official web site of the EU




The Belgian Royal Family & Monarchy
(click on picture)


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