Saturday, October 01 2011 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Contributed by: Anonymous
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The Grand Place, Brussels’ central square and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is dominated by the fifteenth-century Town Hall. This imposing structure, with its tall spire and detailed exterior, is surrounded by beautiful former Guild Halls. Each represents a different profession, heavily gilded. The Swan, one of the most beautiful, is the former butchers’ Guild Hall, and is now a famous restaurant. Others built by bakers, sailors, merchants and brewers have left a wonderful legacy to their occupations. The Grand Place was bombed to ruins in 1695 by order of Louis XIV of France. The buildings were all rebuilt between 1695 and 1700.