The Grand Place or Grote Markt is the central square of Brussels (Belgium). All over the world, it is known for its decorative and aesthetic wealth. The place is surrounded by the guild houses, the City Hall and the Maison du Roi. It was registered on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO in 1998.
While strolling the streets of the City on my way to the Grand Place, I made a quick stop in a corner of one of the nearby retail stores to get my digicam in my belt bag. While doing so, I accidentally clicked my camera. I simply ignored it. I went to set up my tripod and took a picture of myself.
Later that night when I viewed some of the pictures I took, this image came out – see for yourself!
While writing this blog, I made a quick research about the Grand Place and here are some of the information I got:
- In 1523, the first Protestant martyrs, Hendrick Does and Jan Van Essen, were burned by the Inquisition there;
- In 1568, the counts of Egmont and Horn were beheaded there;
- In 1695, during the War of the League of Augsbourg, a 70,000-strong French army under Marshal François de Neufville launched a massive bombardment of the mostly defenseless city centre with cannons and mortars, setting it on fire and flattening the majority of the Grand Place and the surrounding area.