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Old February 15th, 2008, 06:58 PM   #1
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Brussels, a European Capital

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Brussels is the capital and largest city of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union (EU). It is also the largest urban area in Belgium.
The city has a population of 1.2 million and a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.8 million, both of them the largest in Belgium. Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a principal centre for international politics. Hosting principal EU institutions, the secretariat of the Benelux and the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the city has become the polyglot home of numerous international organisations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 04:59 AM   #2
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wow..really beautiful pics of a beautiful city
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Old February 16th, 2008, 05:20 AM   #3
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Looks like a really neat place. Thanks.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 10:51 PM   #4
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Old February 17th, 2008, 10:10 PM   #5
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Thanks! Some more pictures.















































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Old February 17th, 2008, 10:46 PM   #6
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We want more,we want more,we want more,we want more.
I love it.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 10:50 AM   #7
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I've always found Brussels to be a charmless place that I just can't come to like. However, I was there last week to see a show at the Koninklijk Circus and the route between there and the central rail station seemed quite interesting although it was dark. After seeing your great photos I think I'll have to give Brussels another chance and pay it a visit.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 01:31 AM   #8
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Wow! Tour du Midi looks huge in the last pic! Gorgeous city, i love the mixing of new and old!
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Old February 20th, 2008, 08:41 AM   #9
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That thing is huuge! Do you have any pictures from the inside?

Brussels looks very diverse.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 09:22 AM   #10
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wow. some extraordinarily beautiful buildings. lovely
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Old February 20th, 2008, 06:15 PM   #11
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That thing is huuge! Do you have any pictures from the inside?
It's the palace of Justice. When it was built in the 19th century, it was the biggest building in Europe

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_Courts_of_Brussels

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The Brussels Palace of Justice is bigger than St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The building is currently 160 by 150 meters and has a total built ground surface of 260,000 mē. The 142 meter high dome weighs 24,000 tons. The building has 8 courtyards with a surface of 6000 mē, 27 large court rooms and 245 smaller court rooms and other rooms. Situated on a hill, there is a level difference of 20 meters between the upper and lower town, which results in multiple entrances to the building at different levels.

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Brussels looks very diverse
Yes it is, and that's what I like most on Brussels. It's a chaotic city with a mix from medieval towers to glass skyscrapers in one nut shell.
I post more pictures in the future.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 07:59 PM   #12
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Brussels Law Courts idd is a very impressive building! When I have the time I always take a look inside when I'm around . Inside the building, you're feeling like a Lego man .

Diversity like in Brussels you can find almost everywhere in Belgium. That's what makes Belgium a bit 'unique' and not like other country's. The mix of architecture styles in our landscape is huge. Sometimes it's very nice, sometimes not...
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:09 PM   #13
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Marolles

In the shadow of the Palace of Justice lies the Marolles, once an old and poor working-class quarter, now a trendy and popular neighbourhood with intimate bars and restaurants, antique and design shops. At sunday there's a fantastic flee market at the Vossenplein.
In the Hoogstraat the painter Pieter Breughel lived and died, and the world famous jazz-musician Toots Tielemans was born in the same street.


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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:43 PM   #14
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you've captured Brussels amazingly well, an excellent tour
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 07:00 PM   #15
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 02:40 AM   #16
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Very nice pictures indeed. If it is posible I would like to see more pics from residential areas of Brussels.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 06:34 AM   #17
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So beautiful. Awesome shots. Thanks
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 11:04 AM   #18
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Nice thread!
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 02:27 PM   #19
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nice pics! It seems to be a lot of pedestrian ways in Bruxelles. I live 100km from Bruxelles but I never went to this city.
Anyway, it's clear it is a diverse city.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 06:21 PM   #20
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Looks great
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