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La Grand-Place, Belgium

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La Grand-Place, in Brussels, Belgium, showcases the “architectural jewel” that blends styles of Western art and architecture. While the earliest written reference of the spectacular market square dates to the 12th century, the plaza was destroyed in 1695 by the troops of Louis XIV. Under the supervision of the city magistrate, a rebuilding campaign restored La Grand-Place to its former glory. The faithful reconstruction of historical edifices—rather than rebuilding in a fully contemporary style—symbolizes the power and pride of the Brussels people.

—Prepared by the World Tribune staff

Feb. 17, 2023, World Tribune, p.12

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