visits / exhibition / workshop

Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis Town Hall

The town hall was designed by architect Albert Dumont and built on the side of a sand quarry between 1896 and 1904. With a surface area of 4,267 m² and two wings forming a semi-circle, Dumont's design departed from local tradition by adopting the French neo-Renaissance style, creating an attractive aesthetic effect through a combination of Vosges pink granite, Euville and Savonnières stone, brick and blue limestone. Some 20 artists, including Julien Dillens, Paul Dubois, Victor Rousseau and Jef Lambeaux, worked on the rich sculptural decoration of the façades and the main courtyard, while inside, Alfred Cluysenaar and his son André, Jacques de Lalaing and Albert Ciamberlani collaborated on the decoration of the main hall, where busts of former mayors are on display. Eugène Broerman decorated the municipal council chamber, Fernand Khnopff together with Isidore and Hélène de Rudder oversaw the Wedding Hall, while Omer Dierickx was responsible for the Europe Room. Émile Fabry painted Les quatre saisons (The Four Seasons) in the two vestibules bordering the central staircase. The Ceres Room takes its name from the majestic fireplace adorned with an effigy of the goddess by Égide Rombaux. The belfry and attic will be open, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a unique view of the Europe Room and the impressive roof structure, before climbing the last 156 steps to the belfry terrace and its breathtaking panorama. (Listed 08/08/1988)


Guided tour of the City hall and its belfry style tower (1 hr)
Exceptional tour of the city hall’s attic, with its enormous wooden and metal roof structure, and of the belfry style tower, which offers a magnificent view of Brussels. First, however, you must be prepared to climb 176 steps.
In order to have access to the tower, you will first have to sign a disclaimer of all liability. The tour is not authorised for children younger than eight. The tour is not recommended for persons who suffer from a fear of heights.
Booking is mandatory.
In cooperation with Bruxelles Bavard.

Public restoration of plaster models of the stone sculptures adorning the city hall’s facade. With Farzad Ziari. Just for one weekend, the Cérès room will serve as a restoration workshop, with some statues restored, others in need of restoration and one being worked on by the restorer.
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 to 05:30 pm.
Booking not required.

Visit to the mayor’s office (40 mins)
Saturday and Sunday 10:30 to 11:30 am.
Booking not required.

Exhibition, in the Europe room, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Salvator Allende’s death.
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 05:30 pm.

Guided tours in French Belgian Sign Language: Saturday at 15:30 and Sunday at 10:00. In cooperation with Arts & Culture (more info and booking :

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. 9:30 to 17:30

Place Maurice Van Meenen / Maurice Van Meenenplein 39 – Saint-Gilles / Sint-Gillis

Reservation only for guided tours for the belfry

Non accessible

Non accessible