3 Of Belgium’s Most Famous Landmarks & Why You Should Go There!

There’s a lot more to Belgium than world famous chocolate, truffle, waffle and beer. Marvelous architecture, museums & well setup terrace cafe shops make for a perfect evening in one of Europe’s finest destinations.

 

Talking of architecture, one of Belgium’s major highlights are its landmarks & monuments that rarely go unnoticed. Figurative sculptures, marvelous statues & antiques will sweep you off your feet!

 

Now without further adieu, we bring to you 3 of Belgium’s most famous landmarks –

 

Cinquantenaire Arch - A monumental triple arch in the center of the Cinquantenaire park in Brussels, Belgium, Arcade du Cinquantenaire features a bronze monument at its top that represents a woman charioteer raising the national flag.

By khoogheem via Flickr

 

This chariot, also knows as ‘quadriga’ was used for races in ancient Olympic Games in Greece. It did take a while for construction, however, it ay without doubt one of the most alluring monuments of Jubelpark, Brussels.

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Jubelpark is the Dutch name for Parc du Cinquantenaire & is graced by attractive gardens, waterfalls & ponds.

 

EzeeFact - The Cinquantenaire Arch at is the second tallest and widest triumphal arch
in the world.

 

Manneken Pis - One of the strangest, yet most famous landmarks of Brussels, Belgium, the Manneken Pis is a bronze sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin.

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There are plenty of such statues all over the globe, but this one turned out to be the best among the rest. While there were a lot of stories doing the rounds as to how this statue rose to popularity, the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven seems to be the most accepted one –

 

“In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen, in Ransbeke. The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.”

By arnybo via Flickr                                                          By la Ezwa via Flickr

 

No doubt a small statue, but the Manneken Pis has one of the finest wardrobes collections! Attracting outfits from fans far & wide, a few a shortlisted and then manufactured by a foundation called “Friends of Manneken Pis”. Now that’s awesome, isn’t it?

 

Atomium - Originally constructed for Expo 58, the Atomium is a building in Brussels that stands 335 ft tall & has nine 159 ft diameter stainless steel clad spheres connected to it. One of Brussels most important tourist attraction points, the Atomium Tubes was named by CNN as Europe’s most bizarre building.

By CGP Grey via Flickr

 

The main highlight of your trip to the Atomium is the panoramic view it offers of the beautiful city of Brussels. The tubes that connect the 12 edges of the cube are enclosed with escalators & a lift to provide access to the five habitable spheres which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces.