Covered galleries. The covered galleries of Brussels, a real cultural treasure.
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You are probably wondering how many covered galleries there are in Brussels and what they look like? Don't ask any more questions, we're going to give you as much detail as possible about our sumptuous Brussels galleries.
The Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.
Since they are divided into three, they are located in three different places. They cover the rue des Bouchers, the rue de la Montagne, the rue des Dominicains, the rue du Marché aux Herbes and the Marché aux Herbes. Inaugurated in 1847, they are thus among the oldest galleries in Europe. For those who know little or nothing about the city centre, these galleries offer a great opportunity to admire the city centre, due to their geographical proximity to it. Jewellery shops, luxury boutiques, pastry and biscuit shops, Belgian chocolate makers, traditional shops, cafés and restaurants of all kinds can be found in this gallery. You should also know that the Tropismes bookshop, the Galeries art cinema, the Théâtre Royal des Galeries and the Vaudeville are located in this covered area. Finally, you will also have the possibility to see coworking spaces, hotel rooms or flats. Finally, the Galerie de la Reine, the Galerie du Roi and the Galerie du Prince form the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Inspired by Italian palaces, the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert are simply breathtaking.
Galerie du Centre
Another downtown gallery featured in this article, you can find this one on Rue des Fripiers. It houses about twenty shops to offer you shopping. In terms of its architectural style, the Galerie du Centre is very atypical, as it offers an old but impressive style. If you are in town, take a look around, you won't waste your time.
Formerly called Galeries et Grand Bazar du boulevard Anspach, this shopping gallery connects boulevard Anspach to the corner of Place de la Monnaie and Rue des Fripiers. Inaugurated in 1898, it has a big specificity, in addition to its shops and hotels, it houses a casino. Fans of gambling will not be able to miss it. Another interesting information is that many public transport lines serve the area around the gallery. So you have no excuse not to visit this covered passage. High and colourful, the Galerie Anspach will amaze you.
This covered shopping gallery is located in the Mounts of Arts and connects the lower town (northwest side) with the upper town (southeast side). In addition, 17,000 people pass through it every day. Adorned with a gigantic glass-brick dome and magnificent astral frescoes, you will be impressed by these modern and eye-catching architectural elements.
Passage du Nord
A true institution, the Passage du Nord is 138 years old, has 19 shops and is visited by 200,000 people every year. Its success is more than justified, as you can imagine. What is it that makes this gallery so appreciated by its visitors? The answer to this question is that this building has an eclectic style, which means mixing elements borrowed from different styles or periods of the history of Western art and architecture. The Galerie Passage du Nord is therefore an essential part of Brussels' heritage. It was created between 1981 and 1982.
The Bortier Gallery was designed by the architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar and was inaugurated in 1848. Located once again in the centre of the city, you will find it in the rue Saint Jean and the rue de la Madeleine. It is a real find and is an art gallery. It also has an art centre and stalls for reading enthusiasts. It is small but still atypical because of its special architectural style.
Along the rue du marché aux Herbes, the Galerie Agora offers a number of shops for a good day's shopping. Quite classic, it is nevertheless very well located. Everything is close to it. Finally, it is quite bright, so you can admire the different lights used to illuminate it.
Galeries de la Toison d'or
This time, you will not be in the city centre but rather on the Chaussée d'Ixelles and the Avenue de la Toison d'Or. The gallery is located in Ixelles and used to house 80 shops. With the renovation work, this number has been reduced to 41, but the surfaces are larger than before. Fnac, Ugc, Basic-fit, clothing shops and chocolate shops open their doors to sell you as many services and products as possible. Because of its unmissable shops it is really interesting, you will be obliged to pass by if you are from Brussels.
Another gallery in Ixelles, it is in the Matonge district. You'll have a really good atmosphere when you visit it, as the Matongé district is always very lively. It also offers diversity and cultural richness with its African influences. Exhibitions are regularly held there, in addition to the shops that make it up. Architecturally, it is quite modern and original. You will be delighted to see how much the Matonge gallery diversifies from the other galleries mentioned above.
From now on, the covered passages of Brussels no longer hold any secrets for you.
Don't wait any longer, go and visit these galleries to have a rich experience and a memorable moment.
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