Programme

Bus tour

The many colours of the city (fully booked)

Colour is a key feature of Brussels architecture. Brick, stone and wood were the materials traditionally used for most of the city’s façades, but the move to transform Brussels into a neoclassical ‘white city’ in the late 18th century saw a different style of façade emerge. In the 19th century, picturesque and eclectic designs came back into fashion, ushering in a new era of colour. Decorative brickwork, white stone and blue limestone, carved and painted woodwork, ironwork of all forms, sgraffito features, tiles and mosaics transformed every façade into a true work of art, a trend that continued with the emergence of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Public sculptures and plants also added a touch of colour to many Brussels neighbourhoods. This bus tour is your chance to get a fresh perspective of different parts of the city, including the Grand-Place/Grote Markt, the Royal Quarter and the Squares district.

In French only.

In cooperation with Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines (ARAU).

Practical information

Sat. at 9:30, 10:30, 13:30 and 14:30 (duration: 3 hours).

Starting point: at the foot of the Cardinal Mercier statue (next to the cathedral), Place Sainte-Gudule/Sint-Goedeleplein, Brussels

Advance booking required: call 02 219 33 45 (Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 15:00). Up to 45 people per tour.

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1 5 Gare Centrale - Centraal Station
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92 93 Parc - Park
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29 38 63 65 66 71 86 Gare Centrale/Parc - Centraal Station/Park