Charles Karel Buls Fountain

Charles Karel Buls Fountain

Charles Karel Buls Fountain
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  • De Brouckère • 5 min walk
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,250 contributions
Jul 2019
In exploring central beautiful Brussels, I can certainly say you are most probably going to pass through the Agora Square. I passed and crossed it several times in one day. Peaceful and unassuming fountain. Nice and tranquil.
Written May 9, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK160,518 contributions
Sep 2019
This fountain and statue is in tribute to Charles Karel Buls, a man who contributed greatly to the preservation of the old city of Brussels. The statue is larger than life and depicts Charles Karel Buls which his dog. He is seated at the fountain and there spaces around the fountain were you're invited to take a seat next to him as many people do as well as getting their photo taken.
Written September 7, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia41,309 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We walked by the square where this statue stands many times and each time we stopped for a moment to look at the statue. It's quite impressive, but what is even more amazing is the story behind the man. Charles Karel Buls was a mayor of the city for many years. During his lifetime he was a strong supporter of progressive causes. He probably was a man ahead of his times. In particular he supported education and languages, as well as the education of women. He encouraged the bilingual setting up of signposting, in French and Dutch and was successful in having police officers speak in both languages. He was also known for his strong opposition to King Leopold II's grandiose architectural plans, which were not always really good. One of his biggest legacies is the preservation of old parts of Brussels.
Written January 7, 2019
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Gail G
Thousand Oaks, CA22 contributions
Mar 2019
This is a nice place to read about someone associated with the history of the city. The Grand Place is only a short walk away.
Written September 2, 2019
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Rabih SOUAID
Beirut, Lebanon2,212 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
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This fountain on Agora Square shows Charles buls reclining, his dog by his side, admiring the city he helped preserve.

Brief history:
Charles Buls (13 October 1837 - 13 July 1914) was a Belgian politician and mayor of the City of Brussels(1881-1899).
His most lasting achievement was the result of his opposition to the grandiose architectural schemes of King Leopold II, and the resulting preservation of old parts of Brussels. In particular, Buls was a steadfast defender and admirer of the Mont des Arts and the Grand Place which he contributed in its restoration.
Written January 6, 2019
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MBB1952
Surfers Paradise, Australia10,760 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This lovely fountain is located a the cobblestone Agora Square a short walk from the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. It is dedicated to Charles Karel Buls who was the mayor of the city from 1881-1899. It shows him sitting on a bench with a dogs resting his head on his knee,visited last year.
Written September 19, 2015
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,280 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
By Place d'Espagne on Agora Place on the Rue de Marche des Herbes there's a small market square with a fountain with this magnificently moustachioed statue sitting at its centre, with a dog at its side. It's a 19th century Progressive mayor of Brussels, who apparently took on no less than King Leopold to preserve some of the city from planned redevelopment. It's a great photo opportunity in a city of quirky statues!
Written May 31, 2019
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acorna
Vilnius, Lithuania4,395 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
It is thanks to Brussels mayor Charles (Karel) Buls that we can admire now historical beauty of the Lower Town of Brussels and especially of Grand Place. He was the one, who saved these architectural wonders from megalomaniac building plans of king Leopold I. No wonder the monument is made as fountain, loved by locals and tourists. And the figure of politician himself, holding a book and patting his dog is far from pompous. An example for all mayors of all cities in the world.
Written December 20, 2018
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rayrest
London, UK7,424 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Statue of a politician in Belgian government that is considered that he saved the demolition of the Grand Place. Some seating area.
Written December 8, 2018
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK612,461 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
As you walk around or sit outside one of the innumerable cafes and bars in the Magnificent Grand Place ( Grote Markt ) you can thank Charles Karel Buls for the preservation of this wonderful Unesco world heritage site,as crazy as it sounds King Leopold II had plans to demolish this square including all the grand buildings untill the intervention of Charles Karel Buls.
Charles Karel Buls ( 1837 - 1914 ) was a prominent political figure and eventual mayor of Brussels,brought in under his reign as mayor was that all policemen be fluent in both French and Dutch but dissuading the then king from demolishing the Grand Place and Mont Des Arts is his everlasting legacy.
The statue looks superb,it shows the mayor in a relaxed mood looking contentedly towards the Grand Place with his dog at his side.
It's an accessible statue and you can sit next to it and take a great selfie.
The location is awesome in Agora Square in an area teeming with pubs, bars and restaurants and some amazing architecture and a major tourist destination.
The statue is found on Rue Du Marche Aux Herbes.
Well worth checking out.
Written March 2, 2018
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