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Old March 23rd, 2008, 06:15 AM   #61
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It looks too good to be a real city
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 04:32 PM   #62
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Shame on you Puinkabouter! Anderlecht is well worth a visit, with easy acces by metro.
But the 'pitoresque' part is very small. Only a few streets and houses.
Shame on me indeed. The only things I've ever seen of Anderlecht are the IKEA store and some commie blocks.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:49 AM   #63
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Old June 19th, 2008, 09:42 PM   #65
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Hallepoort/Porte de Hal and surroundings

Some pics from the Halleport, the only remaining gate of the 14th century city walls. The gate was recently renovated and reopened this month. as a historical museum.

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3. South of the gate is the Brussels municipality Sint-Gillis.


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10. The Hallepoort


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19. From the roof you have excellent views over the city.


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23. The 'Nationale Basiliek van het Heilig Hart ' te Koekelberg, one of the tallest churches in the world.


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25. De Zuidertoren. Brussels highest and loneliest skyscraper.


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28. Town hall of Sint-Gillis.


29. The Waterloolaan, part of the Brussels Small Ring.


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31. Dome of the Palace of Justice.


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33.The Marolles. Popular working class neighbourhood.


34. The tower of the Brussels Town Hall, Sheratonhotel and Dexia Tower.


35. Dexia Tower again with on the right the tower of Kapellekerk, where the famous painter Pieter Brueghel is buried.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 04:03 PM   #66
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Wikipedia says it has a metro population of only 1.35 million. I'm wondering how accurate is this is because from the pictures it looks more like a metro of 4or 5 million.
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Wikipedia says it has a metro population of only 1.35 million. I'm wondering how accurate is this is because from the pictures it looks more like a metro of 4or 5 million.
It kind of depends on what boundaries one sets. The municipality of Brussels has only 145.917 inhabitants. But the city of Brussels consists of more than one municipality. The most accurate administrative border is that of the Brussels Capital Region, which has 1.031.215 inhabitants, including other large municipalities such as Schaarbeek (113.493), Anderlecht (97.601) and Molenbeek (81.632). This region is very urban with an average density of 6390 inh./km².

The real urban area already exceeds the boundaries of this region, so the number of 1.35 million is a safe estimate for the city. The metro area has been estimated to somewhere between 2-3 million, but I don't remember where I read that.

Brussels also lies in the middle of a rather dense (semi-)urban area in the heart of Belgium, called 'the Flemish Diamond', between the cities of Antwerp, Leuven, Ghent and Brussels itself. There's an english wiki page about that area, where 5.5 million people live: click!.
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By the way it's just the European Union capital there's no capital of Europe, unless we consider Strasbourg as such because it houses the Council of Europe.
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Old June 21st, 2008, 12:34 AM   #69
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It kind of depends on what boundaries one sets. The municipality of Brussels has only 145.917 inhabitants. But the city of Brussels consists of more than one municipality. The most accurate administrative border is that of the Brussels Capital Region, which has 1.031.215 inhabitants, including other large municipalities such as Schaarbeek (113.493), Anderlecht (97.601) and Molenbeek (81.632). This region is very urban with an average density of 6390 inh./km².
Very interesting! It's definitely a more impressive city than I had imagined. And the architecture is truly spectacular...
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By the way it's just the European Union capital there's no capital of Europe, unless we consider Strasbourg as such because it houses the Council of Europe.
OK, it's the capital of the European Union.
But the Council of Europe houses in Brussels, in the Justus Lipsius Building, left on this pic:



Right on this photo a part of the Berlaymont Building, seat of the European Commision.

Not on this picture, but in the same neighbourhood, you will find the European Parliament.
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Lovely shots. Brussels really is very diverse and quite exspansive by the looks of it. Nice photos all round, I prefer the old architecture though. Very elegant.
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Old June 21st, 2008, 02:39 PM   #72
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Nice pics by EvanG, thermo...but...
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ahah, so much Portuguese flags!
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Very nice all these pics, excellent job.
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OK, it's the capital of the European Union.
But the Council of Europe houses in Brussels, in the Justus Lipsius Building, left on this pic:

Not on this picture, but in the same neighbourhood, you will find the European Parliament.
I thought that Council of Europe is housed in Strasbourg... strange
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I thought that Council of Europe is housed in Strasbourg... strange
The Council of Europe is indeed in Strasbourg while the Council of the European Union is in Brussels. These are two different institutions that should not be confounded.
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I don't see why some people find Brussels boring. I've never visited the city but all these pictures suggest that you only have yourself to blame in case you don't know how to spend your time in Brussels.
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The Council of Europe is indeed in Strasbourg while the Council of the European Union is in Brussels. These are two different institutions that should not be confounded.
ah ok, so I WAS right thanks
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