Brussels for Beginners

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Brussels isn’t simply the capital of Belgium; it’s also a city, full of history, culture, art and chocolate!

Brussels is more than just a city. It is one of the three autonomous regions of Belgium. Brussels Capital Region is made up of 19 municipalities, one of which is the City of Brussels, which includes the city’s oldest quarters. Brussels is also capital of Belgium, capital of Flanders Region, capital of the French Community and capital of Europe. The city is officially bilingual and is divided into six police zones.

Brussels’ culture is evident everywhere and displayed in the most uncanny variations. This is the case with the famous comic strip museum, where clever Belgian comic artists have accumulated a vast array of witty, sardonic, and sometimes morbid pieces, including the famous ‘Tintin’ by Herge. The city also boasts a gigantic model of an atom, which comprises seven colossal spheres, with an observation gallery and a restaurant in the top most “electron.” The so-called ‘Atomium’ is estimated to be 165 billion times larger than an actual atom.

Apart from Belgium’s world-famously delicious chocolate, Brussels offers also a number of other tourist attractions. The Comic Museum is one of Brussels’ more unusual museums, being devoted to the art of the cartoon and the comic strip. The Atomium – a structure which has become an internationally recognised symbol of the city and the whole country. Another symbol of Brussels is the sculpture of a young boy called Manneken Pis. It’s equally popular, although much smaller at its humble 30 centimetres than the 102-metre-tall Atomium. The central square (Grand Place) features many old buildings, among them and the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville), one of the most popular landmarks in the city.

www.belgium.be

written by stezmatic on 2010-05-14 in #world #locations

3 Comments

  1. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    tasty gallery! :)

  2. juznobsrvr
    juznobsrvr ·

    very good article and nice gallery... didn't know brussels could be so green ;-p

  3. ruimtegeluid
    ruimtegeluid ·

    I've been to antwerpen once, but never to brussels. I think I'll go and check it out some day soon.

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