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The Grand Place or Grote Markt in Dutch is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with architecture from eras of Baroque, Gothic and Louis XIV. All these eras made their marks on the square giving it an eclectic flavour. This eclectic quality earned the Grand Place a listing as one of the Sites Of World Heritage by UNESCO in 1998.
The Grand Place is always packed with people. There are tourists and school groups during the day and during the night, people sit on the stones in small circles drinking and talking. Overlooking them is the glowing Gothic tower of the town hall (Hotel de Ville), which one may mistake for a church or a castle. It acts as a great landmark because you can see the tower from most corners of the city.
This most common place for tourists to meet is slightly off-centre on the Brussels city centre map. It is to the west of Brussels Park, a large green rectangle on the map. The Grand Place is surrounded by main streets: Rue du Midi, Rue Marche aux Herbes and Rue du Lombard but connected by alleys. Walk down one of the alleys such as Rue au Beurre or Rue des Chapeliers to get to the Town Hall located right at the Grand place.
Metro stops: Centrale, Bourse, De Broukere
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