The Most Relevant Attractions of Belgium by:Bran Tudor
Encircled by France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
, Belgium excites the visitor with its varied landscapes: the rivers and passes of the Ardennes create a substantial contrast with the vast plains that cover a huge area of the country, the majestic forests from the German and Luxembourg borders with the boundless sand beaches of the northern coast.
In Belgium, you will discover a land that is majestic through its well-known towns, with various castles and sanctuaries that will leave significant memories.
Brussels it's the place where you will be stunned to hear many unfamiliar languages. It has recently secured the international city" status, aside from being the capital" of the European Union and United Nations. In Brussels you will meet a great diversity of people, from bureaucrats and eurocrats to newcomers from Congo, Northern Africa or Turkey, who contributed to the cultural and culinary variety of the place.
Admiring beyond high-rise buildings and modern city's sumptuous boulevards, you will perceive that Belgium's traditional soul is still whole, remaining in the antique districts of modest workers or in the bourgeois neighborhoods.
There are two languages that are being used in Belgium: Flemish, the language of the German origin citizens from the north, and French.
While on the streets of this beautiful city you should pay great concern to detail: traditional stores with extraordinary architectural specifics, classic walls built in Art Deco style, doors and gates decorated with really unusual sculptures, shrines slipped in the walls of buildings at the corner of the street, bearing the image of the Virgin Mary.
"The soul" of Brussels is the Grand-Place market, built in Baroque and Gothic styles, where you can spectate the march of patriciate families descendants at the beginning of July or you can entertain yourself with theater plays or live concerts. In the south you will discover the area known as The Template, where the pre-nineteenth century Belgian soul has been retained just about intact. In the north you will ascertain the old labor neighborhood of Marolles, where street names today denote aptitude types that were practiced by their former tenants.
A visitor that has a crush for beautiful should not neglect a visit to the Museum of Art, home of some of the most significant works of Pieter Breughel - including the renowned Fall of Icarus - and of Peter Paul Rubens, and to the Museum of Modern Art, which prouds itself with the work of Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali or Pablo Picasso.
Gent is the Flemish capital of the country, built in Gothic and Renaissance style, with a population of only 230,000 inhabitants. Majestic is the buildings architecture from Graslei, the city's old port. There are a couple of rivers, Leie and Lieve, that cross this area. From the St. Michielsbrug bridge, the view is superb: in the north you will see the Gravensteen castle, home of Flemish counts between ages 9-12, where you can still contemplate a large range of torture instruments. The other castle, Geraard of Duivelsteen, dated from the13th century, has the same malevolent reputation.
This voguish Flemish city met a significant development since the Middle Ages. Through this port, the place became a critical commercial transit of goods from Italy, the Far East, England or Russia. Bruges was well-known all over the world for its wool products and the uncommon aptitude of its upholstery masters. The renowned Markt market dates from the 13th century; climbing its 366 stairs, you will examine the unforgettable panorama of this old city. Heilige Bloed Basiliek Basilica will tell you about the times of the second crusade, when the Patriarch of Jerusalem - according to the legend - brought some drops of blood of Jesus to the Count of Flanders.
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