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.
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.