Saint-Gilles/ Sint-Gillis Town Hall (fully booked)
The current town hall, built on the site of a sand quarry between 1896 and 1904, was designed by architect Albert Dumont. His plan was for a building with a total surface area of 4,267 m², its two wings forming a semi-circle that gave the impression of reaching out to welcome the residents of Saint Gilles/Sint-Gilles. A keen Francophile, Dumont chose to build the town hall in the ornate French neo-Renaissance style, creating an attractive aesthetic effect through a combination of Vosges pink granite, Euville and Savonnières stone, brick and blue limestone and ornamenting the edifice with fine sculptures in gilded bronze, white Carrara marble and Chauvigny-Trésor stone. The building’s interior is no less colourful than its façades, with the floors and walls being lined with marble, and the public rooms and private offices holding numerous works of art. For example, Omer Dierickx painted La Liberté descendant sur le monde aux acclamations de l’Humanité on the ceiling of the Europe Room, and a very large fragment of the History of the Century panorama (Napoleon’s entry into Paris, 8 x 6 m) by painters Alfred Stevens and Henri Gervex can be seen on the outer wall of the Ceres Room. The Council Chamber is adorned with marouflaged canvases depicting the history and development of Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis, the work of painter Eugène Broerman, complemented by stained-glass windows bearing the coats of arms of Brussels’ municipalities. Last but not least, the Wedding Hall was decorated by Fernand Khnopff and married couple Isidore and Hélène de Rudder. (Listed since 8 August 1988)
Guided tours, Sat. & Sun. at 13:30 and 16:30 (French), 15:30 (Dutch). In cooperation with Itinéraires, sur les Sentiers de l’Histoire.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
place Maurice Van Meenen/Maurice Van Meenenplein 39, Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis
Advance booking required
Accessible with assistance