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The huge glass structure housing the European Parliament stands in the Leopold Quarter, behind the old Luxembourg/Luxemburg station building. It consists of two main parts. The domed building in the centre is the Paul-Henri Spaak Building (also known as the Caprice des Dieux (Caprice of the Gods), in reference to the shape of the French cheese of this name). This houses the parliamentary chamber (hemicycle), a symbol of European democracy and parliamentary debate, with its 857 seats, of which 705 are reserved for MEPs. There are also 500 seats for the public in the chamber’s galleries, from where citizens can follow plenary sessions or presentations to learn more about how the Parliament works. The second main structure is the Altiero Spinelli Building, which was erected between 1991 and 1998 to hold the offices of MEPs and political groups, among other things. It covers 286,000 m² and is split into two 15-storey wings. In 2004, when the EU enlarged to include 10 new countries, another two buildings were put up either side of the old station building in Rue de Trèves/Trierstraat. They are named after Joszef Antall and Willy Brandt. A supreme arena for debate and decision-making, the European Parliament remains close to citizens, who are encouraged to learn about how it works and to attend certain meetings.
Tours of the chamber with a multimedia guide, available in the EU’s 24 official languages: Sat. & Sun. from 10:00 to 17:00 (last admission at 16:00). To book, visit https://brussels-hemicycle.booking.europarl.europa.eu/.
Through interactive talks available in English, French and Dutch (and other languages, depending on availability and demand), learn how the Parliament operates at the intersection of European cultures, and how you can help to shape tomorrow’s Europe by taking part in the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 17:00
Rue Wiertz/Wiertzstraat 60 (visitors’ entrance), Brussels-Extensions
By reservation only (https://brussels-hemicycle.booking.europarl.europa.eu/).
Accessible with assistance