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Often considered to be the centrepiece of the most beautiful square in the world, it is undoubtedly one of the most stunning buildings in Belgium and definitely one of the unmissable highlights of your stay in Brussels. Its splendid tower stands as a landmark both for day-trippers and Belgians passing through the centre of the capital.
Its construction was spread out over a long period of time and is the work of several architects. Originally, the building had only a belfry and the left part of the building has remained the same until today. The belfry, on the other hand, was quickly replaced by the current tower when the houses of the various trade guilds moved into the square. An additional wing was also added on the right to better incorporate these buildings into this exceptional setting.
At the top of the new tower, more than 90m high, the spire is crowned with the Archangel Saint-Michel, the patron saint of the City of Brussels. This gilded copper statue is actually used as a weather vane. If the winds blow the right way, you can admire the city’s hero as he defeats the dragon!
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