Originally a covered market in the medieval era, this awe-inspiring square was converted into a guild and government center during the Renaissance. In 1695, France launched an attack on the town center, destroying the plaza. In a remarkably early act of city planning, the magistrate of Brussels ordered that all the rebuilding be approved by central authorities, and thus the harmonious and elegant Grand Place of today was born. Drop by during the day and admire the extraordinary architecture, a delicate blending of the Gothic and the Baroque. Shopping and cafes are readily available; grab a beer at nightfall to see the square transform into an illuminated piece of art. Be sure to pay a visit to the Grand Place, the heart of Brussels.
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