La Grand-Place, Belgium

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La Grand-Place (also known as Grand Palace and Grote Markt)  has been inscribed into the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List in 1998.

La Grand-Place in Brussels, Belgium is a remarkably homogeneous body of public and private buildings, dating mainly from the late 17th century. The architecture provides a vivid illustration of the level of social and cultural life of the period in this important political and commercial centre.

Around a cobbled rectangular market square, La Grand-Place in Brussels, the earliest written reference to which dates back to the 12th century, features buildings emblematic of municipal and ducal powers, and the old houses of corporations. An architectural jewel, it stands as an exceptional and highly successful example of an eclectic blending of architectural and artistic styles of Western culture, which illustrates the vitality of this important political and commercial centre.” – UNESCO

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