East of Brussels: out of the ordinary

To remember

Theme: Architecture
Region: Brussels
Physical challenge: Easy
Distance: 10 Km
Duration: 02h00


This circuit enables discovering a few unusual places of Brussels, often in neglected towns by tourists.

Unlike the east of Brussels, which knew a "bourgeois" development, the west, due to its proximity with the canal knew, in the 19th century, an industrial and labour development. We must mention that, at that time, Belgium was one of the first industrial powers in the world. Brussels was one of the first industrial cities in the country that experienced a rapid development in population in the 19th century. Back then, the working class housing was often done in an anarchical manner. Impasses remain a proof of that. After World War I the housing project finally built more decent housing. That is partly what we will be discovering during this tourThis circuit will allow discovering one of the most beautiful towns of the Brussels-Capital Region that is however a bit unknown by people. It is mainly at the start of the second half of the 19th century that it was significantly developed and turned into a true urban community. New avenues were developed and new buildings, public and private, were built. At present, Schaarbeek / Schaerbeek remains one of the most important towns in Brussels, with a population of over 100,000 inhabitants. We will discover a few Art Nouveau buildings and a few more that were built at the turn of the 19th century. The journey will continue into the squares quarter that, planned back in 1875, is becoming more attractive with a few magnificent Art Nouveau constructions.

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