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Ilot Sacré - Unesco zone

Address

Rue des Bouchers, rue du Marché aux Herbes, rue du Marché aux Fromages, rue des Fripiers...
Beenhouwersstraat, Grasmarkt, Kaasmarkt, Kleerkoppersstraat...
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium

Type of architecture

Baroque
Ecclectism
Town house
Neo Gothic
Neo-baroque
Neorenaissance
Neoclassicism
Romanesque

Type of venue/site

Streets / roads

Characteristics

Exterior
Public
Terrace

With its pedestrian streets and numerous small cul-de-sacs, the so-called "Ilot sacré" district is the historical heart of Brussels around the UNESCO-protected Grand Place. This area of the city is pedestrian only. The zone is limited by rue de la Fourche, rue de la Montagne, rue de l’Ecuyer-Arenberg and Marché aux Herbes-Grasmarkt. The narrow street structure dates back to the Middle Ages. Most of the buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries, in a style reminiscent of (neo)Baroque, neo-Renaissance or turn-of-the-century industrial architecture. Today, the district is mainly commercial with shops, restaurants, cafés... and the famous Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.