Brussels: Architectural Features Around the City

Brussels: Architectural Features Around the City

If you like architecture, Brussels has plenty of interesting buildings to see. But, it’s easy to miss some of the smaller details – all as stunning as the main counterpart!

See the decorative exterior windows of St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral – built in the Brabantine Gothic style.

Things to see in Brussels

Most people flock to see the Manneqin Pis – a statue of a small boy peeing. But, take in the stone niche in a rockery style surrounding the small statue – originally designed by Jerome Duquesnoy the Elder in the 17th century.

Things to see in Brussels

Look up to see the impressive Congress Column at the end of Rue de Congres, but look down to see the two bronze lions guarding the column – by Eugene Simons – a 19th century Belgian sculptor.

Things to see in Brussels

Look for the gargoyles on the northern facade of St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral.

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In the corner of the Grand Place, see the stunning facade of the Maison du Renard complete with bas reliefs and statues.

Things to see in Brussels

You can’t really miss the tympanum over the main portal of the Town Hall depicting St. Christopher carrying the baby Jesus, St. Michael the archangel standing on the devil and St. George slaying a dragon. Around the portal are statues of prophets.

Things to see in Brussels

Whilst the Bourse is beautiful in its own right, there are equally beautiful statues surrounding it – like this statue of a man and lion.

Things to see in Brussels

It’s worth taking the time to look for the smaller details – it can be big on surprises!

8 Replies to “Brussels: Architectural Features Around the City”

  1. Love this post….I love architectural details like these. This is something we really don’t have a lot of here in the US especially the west coast. Thanks for sharing!! Awesome!!

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