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.
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.”
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.