Exhibition and walking tour

Colours through the ages

A stroll through the Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges/Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Sneeuw neighbourhood is an exercise in Brussels’ chromatic history. Place des Barricades/Barricadenplein is decked out in white because town-planning requirements at the time of its construction called for a uniform look. Exposed natural materials and more diverse colour schemes gradually became fashionable again from the 1840s onwards, with features like stone, brickwork and wrought-iron balconies taking pride of place. Architecture transformed the streets into dramatic backdrops, turning many façades into colourful scenery with their paintwork, sculpted features, sgraffito, ceramics, woodwork or glass: indeed, stained glass experienced another heyday in this period.

This exhibition will focus on these materials and their colours and contrasts, while the walking tour will give you an opportunity to visit various buildings in the area.

In cooperation with the Comité de quartier Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges de Bruxelles Ville/ Wijkcomité Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-ter-Sneeuw van de Stad Brussel.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. from 9:00 to 17:00 (walking tours at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 – duration: 1 hour).

Starting point: Jacques Brel Youth Hostel, Rue de la Sablonnière/Zavelput 30, Brussels
Advance booking required: email – please specify your preferred language for the tour (French, Dutch or English). Up to 12 people per tour.
1 5 Parc - Park
2 6 Madou
92 93 Congrès - Congres
29 63 65 66 Madou