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Justice Palace (Palais de Justice)
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Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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“blot on the landscape”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

This must rank as one of the things that Ceasescu and Stalin regretted having not built. No amount of expensive restoration can improve this overpowering monster

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

A majestic structure that dominates the city of Brussels and is visible from many places (also helpful to those who happen to lose their way in the vicinity of Avenue Louise, so that they can return to a familiar spot without much trouble ;-) ).
An impressive building from the grounds of which one can enjoy some interesting views over the city…

Visited April 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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“Unfortunately under renovation”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

Meh. Not much more to stay. I'm hoping that next time I make it to Brussels, renovation will be over and there will be something great to see. The best part of it, is it's location which provides a nice overview of the city.

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Rough Justice”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

From across the city this buidling dominates the skyline suggesting something special so of course you head off to explore. As you approach you realise it is swathed in scaffolding (for rennovation?) so you adapt your expectations a little. But nevertheless you walk on to Place Poeleart to get the free glass lift to whisk you up to take in some "sweeping vistas over Brussels" (Lonely Planet guide). The lift was operating when we arrived but the gates into & out of the entrance/exit were mysteriously but firmly shut, suggesting ghost occupants riding up & down! Was this some kind of Belgian Surrealism?! So, crestfallen but with unbroken spirit you walk up a rubbish strewn broken walkway, the signature fag-ends, plastic bottles & beer cans (such a regular feature of this european capital) lining your route. Observe the derelict foundations as you go by with plants & trees growing out of the lower parts. Gasp at the sight of the golden dome on this magnificently high building - the only part not covered in scaffolding - see how it has now been graffittied by someone even more determined to reach the top than you. Heave a heavy sigh at the fact that it is closed. Gettiing the picture? Its about all you will get. And as for the vistas? Partially obscurred by some rather non-descript buildings. Finally, beat a hasty retreat back to the street below and hurry past the drunks and petulant drug addicts scoring and arguing with each other and hide in a cafe and wonder how you might more usefully occupy your time.

Visited July 2012
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“if you've chance works will be done”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

if you like scaffolding you will be satisfy. Don't forget a pullover and umbrella.

Visited May 2012
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