Brussels history. The name Brucsella (dwelling in swamps) appears for the first time in an eleventh century document that relates to events dating back 695. In the eleventh century the city was the domain of the Dukes of Brabant, who had erected a palace and a church on Coudenberg. The development of handicrafts favored following the birth of a free common type of manufacturing activity prevailing, especially the processing of woolen cloth. In 1430 the town fell under the dominion of the dukes of Burgundy, which elected him as the capital of the duchy, and promoted the arts center of the Flemish and Burgundian.
The Napoleonic period and the union felt with the Netherlands marked the moments of greatest crisis in the history of the city. On 24 and 25 August 1830, the city inhabitants rose up and 21 July 1831 Leopold I ascended the throne. The Belgian capital was occupied in both world wars and severely damaged during the second.
The climate is temperate, and the ideal time for a visit to Brussels from May to late September, if only for pleasant temperatures. The official languages are French and Flemish (Dutch). Tram, bus and metro, of which a detailed map, you can be very useful for getting around the city. Taxis are numerous and are moderately expensive. The tip is included in the fare. The people are patient and courteous; seek to understand and help.
What to do during your vacation? The city inhabitants are also called “kiekefretter” (mangiapolli) for mass consumption that make chickens on the spit. But their cuisine, which refers to the French, is also a large consumer of fish, oysters, mussels and marine snails. Among the favorite fish are herring, eels, sardines’ and some dried fish called “Scholles.” Do not be surprised if instead of the bread you will find French fries (frites): the Belgians love them. The typical sweet “waffles,” features a sweet paste made of crushed right now, covered with whipped cream and vanilla sugar.
The national drink is beer, and certainly no shortage of pubs in the capital of Belgium!. Of great appeal of the antiquities market (every Saturday from 9 to 15 and every Sunday from 9 to 13) held in the Grand Sablon. 10 in French theaters and cinemas representing 35 films in English (never dubbed). From June to September is the Festival of Brussels with concerts and recitals. Lace, ceramics, wrought copper, crystals are the objects that deserve to be bought. Prices are a bit ‘high.
It is one of the richest cities of art and history.
For the visitor, then you are spoiled for choice. You can start with the cathedral of San Michele, in Brabant Gothic of the thirteenth-fourteenth century, continuing with the Grand-Place, also known for the Flower Carpet , the carpet of flowers covering the square begonias in the period of August. Each side of the square is in a different style, but the set is impressive. The town hall is Gothic, the King’s House and 39 in Flemish baroque guild houses. The House of the Brewers has a very interesting museum. Then to see the Ilot Sacre, the sacred island, the Royal Square (built between 1774 and 1780 in a Louis XVI), the administrative district with the Palace of the Nation (1779) and the Royal Palace (eighteenth century) . Among the museums, are really the quality of classical art, modern art and that of the Royal Art and History.
Worth a visit in Brussels, on the eastern outskirts of the city, the Parc du Cinquantenaire which was erected in 1880 at a national exhibition. To the north we find instead the Plateau du Heysel Park, famous for his distinctive landmark, the Atomium, built for the Expo ’58. E ‘102 meters high and consists of 9 spheres with a diameter of 18 meters that are connected to each simulate the lattice of a crystal of iron. In the same park is also the Heysel Stadium, notorious for the massacre of 1985, when 39 spectators were killed during the Italian Cup final Champions Liverpool – Juventus. It has now been renamed as the King Baudouin Stadium.
Originally posted 2012-08-05 15:00:50.