Belgium is a small country that focuses on organization, uniting Europe. Since 1959, in Brussels, capital of Belgium, is the headquarters of the EEC since 1967, NATO, the Benelux countries and several other international and European organizations.
Among the attractions of the capital is allocated there is a Big square of the medieval center of Brussels . one of the best preserved urban markets in Europe with a beautiful town hall in the Gothic style, “Royal house”, exquisitely decorated houses of the merchant Guild. In 1695 the entire area, except the town hall, was destroyed by the French, but it was quickly restored. The building it is built in the style of the Flemish Baroque, and none of the facade, facing the square, is not repeated. A large area surrounded by old neighborhoods with winding streets — “Lower city”, which turned into a tourist center.
On the small square is the famous fountain “Manneken Pis” — a statue of Manneken Pis is the hallmark of Brussels. On holidays figurine dress up in expensive clothes collected from all over the world. This collection includes several hundred types of clothing and it is constantly updated, including through gifts of official delegations of other countries.
Later, the “Upper town” with monumental palaces, wide boulevards, spacious parks and processimagefilename. Over the area solemnly rises the Palace of justice in the epoch of classicism.
In 1958 Brussels hosted the world EXPO, where the original exhibit was the Atomium — model of an iron atom . each of the nine electrons of which has a diameter of 18 m, and the height of the entire structure is 102 m.
In XII-XIII centuries one of the most important cities of Northern Europe were Bruges — a medieval port and the largest textile center. Today is also a tourist center with well-preserved old architecture. The entire medieval part of the city is riddled with long, narrow channels, that’s why Bruges is called the Flemish Venice. One of the attractions is the bell tower — a watchtower of the town of the thirteenth century. The octagonal building with a height of 83 m crowned by a beautiful belfry.
The medieval centre of the cloth manufacture and the port city is Ghent . the most famous monuments — castle of the counts of Flanders . Gothic cloth hall, the Cathedral of St Bavo Cathedral with the famous “Ghent altar” the brothers Jan and Hubert Eyck .
One of the largest ports in the world is Antwerp . although it is in the interior of the country. Here beautifully preserved antique market Grand place . surrounded by stone houses of the sixteenth century.
The castle Walls over the Scheldt — the residence of the legendary Druon Antigone. From ancient fortress to the present day remained the only observation tower and part of the pediment, in which is located the Maritime Museum.
Another highlight of Antwerp’s Museum Plantin-moretus . famous typographer of the XVI century and the Royal printer. For 34 years he printed about one and a half thousand books. His main work is the Bible with parallel text in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac languages, contains an extensive guide and comments. The Museum also contains antique printing press and virtually all publications of the walls of this printing.
In inconspicuous areas of Antwerp are world-famous shops on processing diamonds and stores selling this expensive commodity.