Monuments/ Statues in Brussels

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Monuments & Statues in Brussels

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  • RjessMMM
    Vancouver, WA494 contributions
    Just one of the tourist things to do when you are in Brussels. The statue is quite small and surrounded by a pretty large crowd. Very close to Grand Place and the walk there was easy and enjoyable as we stared at all the chocolate shops in the area. I would visit the one time you are in Brussels. Enjoy.
    Written November 20, 2022
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  • Herbert C
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    Erected in the 1980s as a cheeky counterpoint to the popular Manneken Pis, this 50 cm bronze statue of a little girl in pigtails squatting and urinating is located north of the Grand Place. If you’re fascinated by the Manneken Pis, then you should also detour to this narrow cul-de-sac to instagramise this experience.
    Written November 13, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,304 contributions
    This is one of two historic monuments situated at Rue Charles Buls entrance to the Grand Place in Brussels. What you see here is a bronze figure of Everard 't Serclaes, an important 14th-century citizen killed while defending the city. It is the work of Belgian sculptor Julien Dillens (1902).

    What you see is a robed corpse with other ornamentation. It is a endearing monument that many believe will bring good luck if you touch the arm on the monument, hence the more polished appearance of this and a few other parts of the monument.

    You can conveniently view the Everard 't Serclaes monument as part of your visit to Grand Place. You may find quite a few other tourists trying to take pictures here. Just be patient, most move on rather quickly, which should allow unobscured photo taking without too long of a wait.
    Written November 11, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,304 contributions
    The Carillon du Mont des Arts is a lesser known attraction in Brussels but one well worth seeking out to view if you plan to spend time sightseeing in this area of the city. It is constructed here in the 1960's and is located on the inner facade of the Palace building facing the square.

    What you will see is a large gold-coloured star with 20 pointed arms as well as 12 niches which are fitted with painted figures. There is a jacquemart standing next to a bell, while others hand below the clock face. If you are are nearby at the hour, quarter hour or half hour, you can hear Flemish folk tunes being played by the bells.

    The Carillon is a neat little attraction to find, see and potentially hear while you are at Mont des Arts spending time in the park or sightseeing the various monuments scattered within.
    Written November 14, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,304 contributions
    Brussels has a love for comics and fun cartoon characters so it should probably be no surprise that there is a 3.8 metre tall white statue of a smurf sitting atop a giant mushroom situated in front of the Horta Galerie building just outside Brussels Central Station.

    The Smurf Statue was sculpted by Maryline Garbe (2012). It is a fun bucket-list item to find if you are sightseeing or just monument viewing in the area.
    Written October 22, 2022
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  • Kufunda
    Harare, Zimbabwe355 contributions
    Although very tall, this 25-metre monument with Leopold 1 at the top could be missed since it is tucked away behind the surrounding grand buildings. It is next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with its impressive sculptures of lions and maidens. Behind the column is a panoramic view of the city with numerous towers and a distant wind farm. Well worth a visit.
    Written September 7, 2022
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  • Connor M
    Glasgow, UK155 contributions
    It’s a terrific monument. Arguably one of the most iconic of the city. It’s tall, mighty, and terrific for pictures. I highly recommend visiting as I think it stands out as a true beauty in the city.
    Written October 30, 2022
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia41,687 contributions
    De Vaartkapoen is a funny statue, erected in 1985, and Brussels abounds in such statues. Apparently this one has its origins in the workers in the docks who, long ago, rose in strong protests against the government. The person who appears from the sewer opening on the footpath, just behind the policeman, is a "vaartkapoen" ("rogue channel" in Dutch).
    "De Vaartkapoen" literally means "channel rascal" (from "vaart" meaning canal and "kapoen" meaning rascal in Dutch. "Vaartkapoen" is also the name given to people born in the Molenbeek suburb in the first half of the 20th century.
    Written January 8, 2019
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  • Martin_Ridgway
    Greater London, UK222 contributions
    This is the old Marchands basin of the old docks, now filled in but not built on, which leaves us with a huge (and very long) open space, but with a sort of pond at one end and a monument to Jules Anspach, who was one of the leaders in renovating the area when the river and docks were covered over (OK, I had to look that up on Wikipedia!!). That's at one end of this area and St Catherine's is at the other, so it's a pretty spectacular space.
    Written September 17, 2017
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,304 contributions
    This equestrian statue of legendary crusader Godefroy de Bouillon is located at the centre of Place Royale in front of the Eglise Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg. This is the work of Belgian sculptor Louis Eugene Simonis and was erected in 1848.

    What you see is Godefroy crowned and in military attire, holding a flag while on horseback, setting off for towards Jerusalem for the first crusade. The monument stands upon a grand plinth and pedestal with impressive bronze bas reliefs. It is a fine monument to view before or after your museum visits across the square or when passing through this area of the city.
    Written November 16, 2022
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  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel36,951 contributions
    This is a beautifull designed fountain and sculpture, located in the middle of the Petit Sablon Gardens.
    Written May 2, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,304 contributions
    La Chatte à Bicyclette (The Cat on a Bicycle) is one of Brussel's quirky sculptures installed along Rue de l'Ecuyer just outside Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. This is the work of French sculptor Alain Sechas (2005) and depicts a cartoon like female cat with female human form, wearing a pink top and black shorts taking pause from a bike ride. It is an fun sculpture to see when passing through the area.
    Written November 9, 2022
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China151,304 contributions
    The Jacques Brel (L'envol) Sculpture is an interesting monument located at Place de la Vieille Halle aux Bles. This is the work of of Belgian sculptor Tom Frantzen (2017) and depicts the 20th-century performer and entertainer passionately singing into a microphone with his arms stretched outward. It is fun monument worth finding and have a look-see when exploring this area of the city.
    Written November 8, 2022
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  • The Weak Knee Traveler
    Singapore, Singapore11,767 contributions
    The memorial is dedicated to the Belgian foot soldiers who fought and died in WWI and WWII, Behind this memorial is where you can get some good views of the city. Worth a visit if not for the memorial, then for the view.
    Written November 7, 2020
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  • Trainbleu
    Brussels, Belgium28,370 contributions
    This huge bronze sculpture group on Place d'Espagne is often overlooked although it’s worth a look, especially for travellers who haven’t been to Madrid. It represents would-be knight Don Quixote on his horse, followed by his faithful servant Sancho Panza on a donkey. The sculpture is a replica of the work of Spanish sculptor Lorenzo Coullaut Valera (1876 - 1932) on Plaza de España in Madrid. But in Madrid the two figures are only part of a truly gigantic monument to Spain’s beloved writer Miguel de Cervantes (1547 –1616).

    The monument in Brussels is a present of the city of Madrid and was erected in 1989 when Spain held the rotating presidency of the European Union from January to July. For a truly Brussels experience, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are to be admired to the sound of Jacques Brel singing ‘L’Homme de la Mancha’ in your headphones.
    Written August 11, 2022
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