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Location type: Square
Location address: België, Brabant Flamand, Brussel
Number of texts: 5
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The most of what you see on the “Grote markt” is not older than the 17th century, except the City hall of 1402. All what was destroyed before that was destroyed. Where once stood the old belfry is now the St Michael’s Tower. The lake, the town halls and the 1st Meert from the 14th century are no longer visible.

During the war of 1695, Brussels was besieged by Marshal Villeroy. Only the hall was not destroyed with artillery. The buildings have reopened between 1695 and 1702 by Louis XIV. There were many genres used as Baroque, Renaissance, Rococo and Louis XIV style. Nevertheless, this square was the most harmonious square in Europe.

It was during this rebuilding that a number of streets that lead to the square were corrected. This was the case for the Hoedemakersstraat, the Colline and Boterstraat.

Linked characteristics: Spectacular

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Charles of Lorraine was born in 1712 in Lunéville, close to Nancy. He was the brother of François of Lorraine, and as such the brother in law of Maria Theresia of Austria. He became ruler of the Southern Low Countires. He was very much loved by the people and he got two statues: one of them was in the gable of the “Brouwershuis” on the Grote Markt of Brussels. The second was on the Koningsplein.
According to the author Michael Baigent, he was also the head of the Prieuré de Sion, although the organisation of that group is very much disputed by scholars.

Linked themes: History

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There is a small statue of the scientist Rembert Dodoens at the Samblon, next to the statue of the Duke Egmont and Hoorn, who got decapitated on the Grote Markt. Around the statue of Duke Egmont and Hoorn, there are 10 small statues of famous persons of the 16th century.

Linked themes: Science, Crime and justice, History
Linked groups: Segway routes, Goede routes

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The Grand Place (French, pronounced: [ɡʁɑ̃ plas]; also used in English) or Grote Markt (Dutch, pronounced [ˌɣroːtə ˈmɑrkt]) is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse (French: Maison du Roi, Dutch: Broodhuis) building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels. The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. It measures 68 by 110 metres (223 by 361 ft), and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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There is a small statue of the scientist Rembert Dodoens at the Samblon, next to the statue of the Duke Egmont and Hoorn, who got decapitated on the Grote Markt. Around the statue of Duke Egmont and Hoorn, there are 10 small statues of famous persons of the 16th century.

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