What to see in Brussels, one-day itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the Cathedral, the Comic Strip Museum and the European Quarter.
To visit Brussels, the capital of Belgium and seat of the European Union, it is better to start from the Grand Place, a beautiful square included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, surrounded by richly decorated buildings and the Hotel de Ville, the Palace of the Town hall, in fifteenth-century Gothic style, dominated by the statue of San Michele Arcangelo, patron of the city.
In the vicinity of this square is the famous Manneken Pis fountain, where a putto that cheerfully pees represents the mascot of Brussels.
Another well-known area that is worth seeing on trips to Brussels is Place du Grand-Sablon, dominated by the Brabant Gothic style Church of Notre Dame du Sablon.
During the weekend this square hosts an antiques market and art books.
In the center of the city stands the Cathedral of Saint Michel et Gudule, in Gothic style.
Its construction, which began in the thirteenth century, was completed in the seventeenth.
The Duomo was initially dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, later it assumed its current name, after the relics of Santa Gudula were laid there.
Located in various parts of the city, one can appreciate various buildings built in the Art Nouveau style, as Brussels is famous for being one of the centers of diffusion of this art, which has its major representative in Victor Horta (1861-1947).
The Museum of Comics is housed in a building designed by the famous architect.
Other museums to visit are the Maison du Roi and the Museum of the city of Brussels, housed in the Town Hall, the Museum of ancient art, important for the knowledge of Flemish and Dutch art, the Museum of modern art, dedicated to art from the 1800s and 1900s, the Royal Museum of Art and History, which collects important archaeological collections.Recommended readings
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The headquarters of the main institutions of the European Union, the Commission, Parliament and the Council of Ministers, are located in modern buildings in the so-called European district, which extends around Piazza Schuman.