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The film opens with footage from the House of the Dukes of Brabant (La Maison des Ducs de Brabant) in Grand Place (also known as Grand Square) in Brussels. It is a neoclassical style building designed by Willem de Bruyn (1649 - 1719).

We move two blocks from the square to meet the symbol of Brussels, a bronze fountain sculpture designed by by Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder which is referred to as the "Manneken Pis". We watch the details as water is poured out, which sometimes is beer.

Afterwards, we see details from the magnificent sculptures that surround the Congress Column, the sculptural decoration of the column and the statue of King Leopold I at the top. The monument honors the memory of the creation of the constitution by the national congress (1830-1831).

The film continues with footage of the tree-lined paths and the fountains of the Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary (or Parc du Cinquantenaire) and afterwards the lens is captured by the triumphal arch (Arcade du Cinquantenaire 1905) with its two semicircular wings, with the statue of Province of Brabant personified raising the national flag .

The film closes with footage from the Grand Place (all of the 39 buildings belong to opulent guildhalls) one of the most beautiful squares in the world with baroque and gothic style architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998.

The lens follows a circular path capturing again the House of the Dukes of Brabant, passes through the house of the Golden Boat (La Chaloupe d’Or), through the Dove (Le Pigeon, 1697) which Victor Hugo chose for his residence, and finally with the House of the Corporation of Brewers (L'Arbre d'Or 1698) where we see the gilded equestrian statue of Charles Alexander of Lorraine.


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Athanasoglou Nikolaos

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