La Grande-Place de Bruxelles (Belgique)

Received in early July via Postcrossing official swap. A lovely postcard from Belgium! :)

 

La Grande-Place de Bruxelles

BE-215628

 

Terre et patrimoine = Land and heritage

(Thanks Google translate! :P)

 

About La Grande-Place de Bruxelles:

The Grand Place (French) or Grote Markt (Dutch) is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by guildhalls, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse (French: Maison du Roi, Dutch: Broodhuis). The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels. It measures 68 by 110 metres (223 by 360 ft), and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Every two years in August, an enormous “flower carpet” is set up in the Grand Place for a few days. A million colourful begonias are set up in patterns, and the display covers a full 24 by 77 metres (79 by 253 ft), for area total of 1,800 square metres (19,000 sq ft). The first flower carpet was made in 1971, and due to its popularity, the tradition continued, with the flower carpet attracting a large number of tourists.

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(From Wiki)

La Grand-Place in Brussels is a remarkably homogeneous body of public and private buildings, dating mainly from the late 17th century. The architecture provides a vivid illustration of the level of social and cultural life of the period in this important political and commercial centre.

Justification for Inscription

Criterion (ii): The Grand-Place is an outstanding example of the eclectic and highly successful blending of architectural and artistic styles that characterizes the culture and society of this region.

Criterion (iv): Through the nature and quality of its architecture and of its outstanding quality as a public open space, the Grand-Place illustrates in an exceptional way the evolution and achievements of a highly successful mercantile city of northern Europe at the height of its prosperity.

(From Unesco website)

 

Stamp of Domus Erasmi (Houses of a writer):

BE-215628 stamp

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