We have discovered a great little book about Brussels.
"Bruxelles Ceci n'est pas une ville"* (we translate : "Brussels This is not a town") by François Janne d’Othée, takes an original and advanced look at the Belgian complexity which adequately reflects our Capital.
He gives us some interesting numbers as follows :
Paris intra-muros is 2/3rds the surface of Brussels for double the population.
Brussels today is 3/3rds :
- 1/3rd of the people haven’t Belgian nationality because they didn’t have the need to become naturalised. (by heart **)
- 1/3rd of Belgians of foreign origin. (by adoption**)
- 1/3rd Belgians (by birth**)
To drive in Brussels is to plunge into history.
Today, the city has no less than :
- 179 streets,
- 75 avenues,
- 20 places
- 12 boulevards,
- 12 squares,
- 2 dead-ends
- 1 park
- 124 monuments
linked to the First World War.
The most important commemorative statue of the country is no other than the Column of Congress, 47 metres high, which is a reminder of the first national Congress in 1830, the year of Belgian independence.
Rue du Congrès - 1000 Bruxelles
* Collection L'âme des Peuples
Allusion to the famous painting by Rene Magritte (Belgian surrealist artist 1898- 1967) "Ceci n'est pas une Pipe" (notre traduction : "This is not a Pipe")
** Note of Expats in Brussels -:)