The Grand Place is on all postcards from Brussels, and a well known spot to all tourists. But how much do you actually know about it?
Let's start with the fact that the Grand-Place is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its construction began in the 15th century. Market halls, trade guild houses, and a town hall established the authority of this trading centre. Bombarded for 3 days by the French army in 1695, it was almost completely destroyed but, like a phoenix, it went on to rise from the ashes in less than 5 years. That’s why four styles stand alongside each other or sometimes even overlap; it’s a wonderful mix of Gothic, opulent baroque, neoclassical and neogothic. The Town Hall tower is the main focus point and is about 96 meters tall.