Small Belgium is an embodiment of the Old Europe with its cozy cities, small houses and quite life rhythm. It's a country with great cultural heritage, architectural monuments, and delicious national cuisine.Brussels is a capital of Belgium and with its population of about 1 million is a relatively big city. It's a cultural and political center of the country. Brussels is called "main gates" to the country. Here cross all the main routs inside the country and abroad.
The name of Brussels means "marsh city". The first settlement was founded here in VI century on the way between Cologne and Bruges. During Hasburg rule it was the capital of the Spanish Holland. In XIX it became the capital of the independent Belgium.
Nowadays Brussels is mainly a city of businessmen and diplomats, a headquarter of European Union and NATO, it an interesting place for tourists too. It's luxurious, cozy and historical city. The center of the city can be divided into two parts ? Upper and Down. Upper town is full of broad boulevards and magnificent buildings. In contrary, downtown presents a labyrinth of narrow medieval streets around one of the most beautiful squares in Europe ? Grand Place.Almost all the attractions are situated within four blocks.
Here you can see one of the most unusual and discussed fountains of the world ? "Peeping boy", visit numerous museums devoted to the history, art or something else. Various shops offer the most traditional Belgian souvenirs ? chocolate and lace.Brussels is a bilingual city ? both French and Flemish are in use. In fact the French is used mush wider, but nevertheless all road signs and signboards should be duplicated.On the outskirts of the city raises Atomium ? a sophisticated structure covered with the aluminium panels.
From its top on approximately 100-meters height opens an unforgettable panorama of Brussels and its suburbs. This building was established for the international fair of 1958 and symbolizes the structure of atom.City hall building appeared in XV century ? it took almost 50 years.
A century later Royal palace was created. Now it houses municipal museum. Saint Michael is considered to be a saint patron of Brussels ? its statue crown the spire on city hall roof and the most respected temples in Belgian capital is Saint Michael's Cathedral.
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