Brussels: Upper Town — Franceboyance

Across Brussels there is a long escarpment. While below it the Flemish merchants’ town flourished, was getting rich and gilded itself, the French speaking nobility decided to settle at the top. The reason was that it was more airy here, the air was healthy, without fume and stench of the older town, even if it was a rich one.

And so at the top of this hill you get a lot of Franceboyance. Classicist palaces, refined squares, gardens and parks. Wide streets with a view into the distance. Majesty and greatness, which is still dominates the skyline of this bilingual city with the dome of the gigantic 19th-century Palace of Justice.

(March 2018)