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Beautiful Brussels

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Cleaned up lady in Laeken
Since I had not noticed the renovation and clean up of what used to be a blackened dirty church, I was stunned earlier this week. It almost felt like seeing it for the first time ever.

The Church of Our Lady of Laeken, a neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church, was originally built in memory of Queen Louise-Marie, wife of King Leopold I to the design of architect Joseph Poelaert. Inside the church is the Royal Crypt, that holds the tombs of the Belgian royal family, including those of all the former Belgian kings.

Cleaned up lady in Laeken

Since I had not noticed the renovation and clean up of what used to be a blackened dirty church, I was stunned earlier this week. It almost felt like seeing it for the first time ever.

The Church of Our Lady of Laeken, a neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church, was originally built in memory of Queen Louise-Marie, wife of King Leopold I to the design of architect Joseph Poelaert. Inside the church is the Royal Crypt, that holds the tombs of the Belgian royal family, including those of all the former Belgian kings.

Inside Galerie Ravenstein

This shopping arcade was built from 1954 and 1958 in the International style of architecture, based on the plans of the architects Alexis and Philippe Dumont.

Inside Galerie Ravenstein


This shopping arcade was built from 1954 and 1958 in the International style of architecture, based on the plans of the architects Alexis and Philippe Dumont.

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Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts
http://www.bozar.be

Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts

http://www.bozar.be

Mont des Arts / Kunstberg


DNA Café
My headquarters for so many years, now closed… for good?
All the friends, the drunk nights and the live music this place gave me is reason enough for it to feature on here.

DNA Café

My headquarters for so many years, now closed… for good?

All the friends, the drunk nights and the live music this place gave me is reason enough for it to feature on here.

Smurf Statue (and store)
The world’s first ‘Smurf® Store’ has opened its doors in Belgium and the first Smurf statue has been revealed in Brussels.
On June 25th 2012, the first Smurf® Store in the world opened its doors in the Horta Gallery in Brussels’ Central Station. This is the first shop of its kind and is therefore a world first, reserved for the little blue creatures’ country of origin (they were created by Peyo in 1958). A 5-metre high statue was also revealed on the plaza in front of the Horta Gallery, visitors and passers-by are now welcomed by this smiling Smurf perched on top of a mushroom.
http://www.smurf.com/en/news-and-events/

Smurf Statue (and store)

The world’s first ‘Smurf® Store’ has opened its doors in Belgium and the first Smurf statue has been revealed in Brussels.

On June 25th 2012, the first Smurf® Store in the world opened its doors in the Horta Gallery in Brussels’ Central Station. This is the first shop of its kind and is therefore a world first, reserved for the little blue creatures’ country of origin (they were created by Peyo in 1958). A 5-metre high statue was also revealed on the plaza in front of the Horta Gallery, visitors and passers-by are now welcomed by this smiling Smurf perched on top of a mushroom.

http://www.smurf.com/en/news-and-events/

Glass elevator Poelaert / Marolles


This elevator can bring you from the Law Courts of Brussels down to the ancient Marolles district.

Thank you Mayor Buls
Memorial to Charles Buls and the builders of the Grand Place by Victor Horta and Victor Rousseau

Thank you Mayor Buls

Memorial to Charles Buls and the builders of the Grand Place by Victor Horta and Victor Rousseau

Koekelberg - Basilica of the Sacred Heart
5th largest church in the world
But to me, it has always meant I was visiting the dentist. Since I had an appointment today, I snapped a quick shot on the way out.

Koekelberg - Basilica of the Sacred Heart

5th largest church in the world

But to me, it has always meant I was visiting the dentist. Since I had an appointment today, I snapped a quick shot on the way out.

The Passage
First of many comic book murals that adorn Brussels’ walls.
Author: François Schuiten
Artists: Oreopoulos G. - Vandegeerde D.

The Passage

First of many comic book murals that adorn Brussels’ walls.

Author: François Schuiten

Artists: Oreopoulos G. - Vandegeerde D.