Living in Brussels ? What about the "short history" ?

Posted on 12.01.2016

Brussels, 19 municipalities

 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 -:)