Third Day in Brussels-pt1

This post will be the last one of my trip at Brussels, if you have missed the previous post, you’ll find it here. Even if we had the return fly in the afternoon, we had some time and we were able to see many interesting things. The climate was cloudy and there was the danger of the rain, but luckily the sky has resisted, allowing to us to walk airily.

From the hotel we went to the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon, a catholic church from the 15th century. It’s featured by its late Brabantine Gothic exterior that makes it one of most beautiful churches in Brussels. Even the interior however it’s nice, with many decorations and two Baroque chapels.

Rue de la Régence, that coasts the church, on a way brings to the Place Royale with the Royal Palace (that we saw in the previous post Second Day in Brussels), and at the opposite side there is the Palace of Justice (also called Law Courts of Brussels). This is the most important court building in Belgium and, hold on, it’s the largest courthouse in the world.

The palace was built between 1866 and 1883 in the eclectic style by the famous architect Joseph Poelaert. Cause of structural reasons, have begun on the building renovations that still today aren’t complete. The palace over to be under renovations, it’s also in bad conditions, with dirt and writings on the wall. This is a real shame, because this is a beautiful palace and is one of the most largest in the world (bigger than St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome).

From there, if there is a clear sky, you can enjoy of a beautiful view on Brussels since it’s a high point. Another nice building, close to the Palace of Justice, is the Church of Notre-Dame de la Chapelle, that hosts the polish community. The style of the church is a transition from Romanesque to Gothic Brabant. This chapel, even if isn’t particularity important, deserves a visit.

From the church we went to the Het Zinneke, a statue erected in 1998 and created by Tom Frantzen. Sometimes wrongly called Zinneke Pis, this statue follows the course of the Manneke Pis and the Jeanneke Pis. In fact, also this statue shows a creature (in this case a dog) that urinates.

I don’t understand all this attention to pee-pee, but hey, everyone is free to do what he wants.

An advice for you, while you’re walking in Brussels, take a look at the walls, because often you’ll see various murals. Most of them are beautiful and really well done, and represent characters of most famous and popular Belgian comics like The Adventure of Tintin, Lucky Luke or Gaston.

Maybe some people don’t know it, but many comics were created by Belgian artists. To encourage and spread creativity, the city of Brussels decided to paint scenes of the comic books on the walls (instead to fight the creativity like in Italy, where the municipality of Rome had deleted a beautiful mural). If comic book are your passion then you can do the Brussels’ Comic Book Route, a path that follows the comic murals present in Brussels. So look up your eyes and don’t miss these lovely works.

Since at the center of Brussels, we had visited the most important things, we moved towards the European district. On the route, close to Place de l’Albertine, we found an astronomical clock, with many characters one of which hits the bell. Even if it’s nice, this clock isn’t at the level of the astronomical clock of Prague, that is more beautiful and ancient.

Went up the gardens in Place de l’Albertine, we arrived in Place Royale, where there is the Constitutional Court of Belgium and the Magritte Museum, that I tried to combine in one single photo. The constitutional Court, that is a judicial court founded in 1980, plays a central role within the federal Belgian state. The Magritte museum instead, is a museum dedicated to the work of the Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte.

The second part of the post will come out in a few days.

Good light to everyone

Carlo

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