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  • Brussels' glorious Town Hall is illuminated at night. width:360;;height:480
  • Found in the Grand Place, at the centre of the lower town, the Town Hall is Brussels' top tourist attraction. width:360;;height:480
  • Here's the Town Hall during the day. width:360;;height:480
  • ... and a photo of intricate stone carvings adorning the town hall. width:640;;height:480
  • The Grand Place holds regular flower markets and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants. width:360;;height:480
  • Each year the Grand Place is covered with a floral carpet.  © Wouter Hagens, CCASA3.0.  width:640;;height:381
  • Here's more striking stonework found in the Grand Place. width:360;;height:480
  • And the Grand Place's northern facade at night. width:640;;height:480
  • The Museum of the City of Brussels, found opposite the town hall, is housed in a period building complete with stained glass. width:360;;height:480
  • Here's a picture of the up-market Saint Hubert Galleries. width:640;;height:480
  • ... with their stunning glass roof ... width:360;;height:480
  • ... and enticing shops. width:640;;height:480
  • The Manneken Pis, the symbol of Belgium, is found in the Lower Town, close to the Grand Place.  In this picture he's dressed in tartan. width:349;;height:480
  • Here's a sculpture of the urinating child in the Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles. width:360;;height:480
  • And the Manneken Pis without a costume.  width:268;;height:343
  • Brussels' most impressive church, the Cathedrale Saints Michel et Gudule, is found at the top of the Treurenberg Hill. width:360;;height:480
  • It is adorned by stunning stained glass, including the 1528 Last Judgment Window. width:360;;height:480
  • The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the world's fifth largest church, measures 165 metres by 107 metres and has a height of 89 metres.  width:640;;height:480
  • Cinquantenaire Park was constructed to clebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgium's independence. width:640;;height:480
  • 73 acres in total, the Park's central feature is the Cinquantenaire Arch, modelled on Paris' Arc de Triomphe. width:640;;height:480
  • Here's a close up of the Arch. width:640;;height:480
  • The park is full of interesting features and monuments. width:640;;height:480
  • ... with its grounds housing a number of museums, including the Cinquantenaire Museum and the Musee de l'Armee. width:629;;height:480
  • ... and Autoworld, which is home to 250 rare cars including this Model T ford width:360;;height:480
  • ... and this Bugatti. width:360;;height:480
  • Brussels has a number of other relaxing parks, including the Park Warande. width:360;;height:480
  • And the Parc Leopolde width:640;;height:480
  • ... which overlooks the glass European Parliament building. width:640;;height:480
  • Another photo of Brussels' European Parliament Building. width:640;;height:480
  • The Espace Leopold, aka the European Parliament Chamber.  © Alina Zienowicz, CCASA3.0.  width:640;;height:480
  • The Quartier Royal is built on top of Couldenberg Hill, where the air was believed to be purer, and inlcudes the Eglise St Jacques, modelled on a classical temple. width:640;;height:446
  • The Royal Palace is the star attraction of the Quartier Royal.  © EmDee, CCASA3.0.  width:640;;height:426
  • The Royal Palace's pretty gardens.  © Alessia Tavcar, CCASA3.0.  width:640;;height:480
  • The Quarter Royal is full of impressive statues and monuments. width:422;;height:480
  • The Place de Martyrs, close to the Grand Place, is another impressive classical square. width:360;;height:480
  • And why not take in the nearby Theatre Royal de la Monnaie.  width:640;;height:480
  • The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, founded by Naopleon in 1801 to relieve the overcrowded Louvre, is a top attraction. width:640;;height:480
  • Highlights include works by Rubens (such as the pictures Four Studies of the Head of a Moor), van Dyck and Rembrandt. width:640;;height:479
  • Another impressive painting found in the Fine Arts Museum. width:373;;height:480
  • Further afield, a 20-minute metro ride from the city centre, is found the Atomium.  Designed by Andre Waterkeyn, it reflects an iron crystal magnified 158 billion times.  width:542;;height:480
  • Brussels is also home to NATO's headquarters. width:640;;height:425
  • John Kerry delivering a NATO press conference in Brussels. width:320;;height:480
  • And many welcoming restaurants ... width:640;;height:480
  •  ... the local specialities are moules frites, waffles and Belgium beer. width:360;;height:480
  • Brussels is a wonderful location for a short city break.  width:360;;height:480
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