Walking tour

Blue, white, grey and red

Colours can tell us a great deal about the materials used in buildings, but sometimes it is worth taking a closer look… For instance, blue limestone looks more grey than blue, and the stone we call white is often closer to beige. Bricks have not all been red for some time now, and the plaster facings typically designed to mimic sandstone very often conceal grey concrete. And then there are all the techniques we can use to decorate bricks in all the colours of the rainbow, like enamelling, glazing, or simply painting. Even the plastered white façades so typical of neoclassical buildings may originally not have been as clean and pure as we like to think nowadays. During a stroll through the lower city, discover the many details and secrets lurking behind the construction materials used in the façades of the buildings that are highlighted on the tour, and learn just how these materials characterise different architectural styles.

In French only.

In cooperation with the Tour Guide Department of the EFP training institute and EFP’s trainee tour guides.

Practical information

Sat. at 10:00 and 14:00 (duration: between 2 hours and 2 hours 30 minutes).

Starting point: in front of the UGC De Brouckère cinema, Place De Brouckère/De Brouckèreplein, Brussels
Up to 20 people per tour.
1 5 De Brouckère
3 4 32 De Brouckère
29 46 66 71 86 88 De Brouckère