Bike tour

Paul Hamesse – From cinemas to shopfronts, Art Nouveau reigns supreme (fully booked)


Trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels and in Paul Hankar's studio, Paul Hamesse made a huge contribution to the influence of Art Nouveau in Brussels. Like his peers, the architect designed many private residences, but he also stood out for his designs of shopfronts and entertainment venues.

Between 1902 and 1932, he was responsible for 27 storefronts in the Pentagon, as the historical city centre of Brussels is known. During this time, Art Nouveau moved out of the private realm and became something of a fad, designed to lure in shoppers.

Hamesse also made his mark in the world of cinemas, becoming the Belgian architect for Pathé, the famous French film company.

Follow the guide as you set off in search of shops, cinemas and homes that still bear the hallmarks of this prolific architect!

In cooperation with Pro Velo.

Practical information

Sat. at 10:00 and 14:00 (French) & Sun. at 10:00 (Dutch) and 14:00 (French) (duration: 3 hours)

Starting point: Avenue Jef Lambeaux/Jef Lambeauxlaan 25 – Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis

Advance booking required. Up to 18 people per tour.