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“Quite Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Porte de Hal

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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“Quite Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

The Porte de Hal is a interesting medieval gatehouse for the city of Brussels. Inside it has exhibits saying about the medieval past of the city and how it has changed over the years. I enjoyed standing on the holes in the floor that were covered in plastic and the PC that shows the places of historic Brussels monuments. The views from the top are spectacular. Getting to the place is easy as it is opposite the nearest metro stop.

Visited March 2012
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“Nice from the outside, interesting inside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

During the Middle Age, many European cities were fortified.
Strong walls were a good defense against the enemies.
A few entry points were the only openings of the strong walls.
This "Porte"=door is the only only that remains from Brussels' fortified walls.
It is worth watching from the outside and visit the small museum inside.

Visited April 2011
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Newark, Delaware
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“Rich in history - and not a bad panoramic view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2011

Although it resembles a small castle, this 14th century building is in fact the last of seven gates in the medieval city walls that protected Brussels. It was used as a prison afterward. Note that the wide road that rings modern Brussels was built where the wall once stood. Porte de Hal (aka Hallepoort in Flemish or Halle Gate in English) has been beautifully restored and is about a 10 minute walk from Brussels Midi Station. (There is also a metro station nearby with the same name.) The appearence was originally much more austere until a 19th century restoration/upgrade.

The self guided tour begins in the basement with a selection of medieval weapons and armor. Text is in French and Flemish only. I believe there was an English audioguide available for an extra fee. Upper floors have other artifacts and there was a temporary art exhibit as well. Photography is permitted only without flash. One thing I liked was the stone spiral stairwell on the street side of the building- each floor has a unique statue of a figure in armor. Be sure to visit the top floor, which opens onto ramparts with a panoramic view of the city. Notable are ports presumably designed to drop boiling liquids on besiegers, covered with plexiglass to prevent mischief. You can also access the interior of the roof with its intricate heavy timber framework.

Visited May 2011
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