World Heritage #0857 – La Grand-Place, Brussels

Sep 26, 1990Belgium, North and Central Europe, World Heritage Sites

I can’t really think of many squares on the Heritage List, and this one is indeed quite extraordinary. 

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

Country: Belgium

Date of Inscription: 1998

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 857:

“La Grand-Place in Brussels is a remarkably homogeneous body of public and private buildings, dating mainly from the late 17th century. The architecture provides a vivid illustration of the level of social and cultural life of the period in this important political and commercial centre.”


My visit

I was in 1990 on an InterRail passing through Belgium and Brussels and spent a night here. In 2017 I returned and the square looked the same. It is so beautiful that I can’t find the proper words to describe my impressions then and now. Below are a few images taken during my latest visit.

Read more about my 1990 and 2017 visits.

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