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Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert is part of the Tentative List in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
Using mainly trains and some buses I finished in one week the Spanish Road, from Milano to Brussels, following the trekking of the Tercios of Flanders (our infantry soldiers were called Tercios, or Thirds, during the XVI and XVII centuries). I had to fly the next day to Barcelona, in Spain, but knowing that my daughter loves chocolate very much, I entered the famous and beautiful Galeries Royales, just next door to the Grand Place. There I found a convenient shop where I bought a very nice metallic box containing an assortment of chocolates.
I was glad because in the same journey I had united two famous galleries, those in Brussels with the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, in an entrance to the Piazza di Duomo, Milano.
I consider that the ones in Milano are more impressive than the Galeries Royales in Brussels, in spite of not been a tentative candidate.
Date posted: April 2014
Assif Am-David (Israel):
This is the first shopping passage in the world and the predecessor of the modern shopping mall. It's ajacent to the only inscribed Grand Place and might be considered as an extension. The galerie itself is nice, but, as concluded by other reviewers, nothing too special. Many typical chocolatier, two cafes, a cinema, a theatre and some souvenir shops. It is just a single long corridor, remindig me mostly of Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele in Milan which is from about the same time. I agree with Clyde that if one of them merits an inscription, it should be the one in Milan.
Date posted: August 2013
Clyde (Malta):
I live in Belgium and visited this tentative site several times. It's very close to the Grand Place. Worth a visit especially for the divine Belgian Chocolate shop inside but it does not merit a WHS status in my opinion. Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is much more impressive and still doesn't deserve a WHS status.
Date posted: February 2013
Ian Cade (England):
Apparently Galerie St Hubert was the first shopping gallery in Europe and it is rather nice. I have been to other and better examples around Europe but this is certainly a nice diversion just around the corner from le Grand Place. I wouldn’t say I was massively impressed by the shops though, and some of the surround streets show Brussels at its worst; the Belgian and EU capital, still disappoints me each time I visit, despite the wealth of attractions it has, it always seems to be much less than the sum of its parts. The gallery is a worthwhile detour, however the best attraction is the unpretentious and delicious Bistro Arcadi at the end furthest from la Grand Place, whilst across the road a la Mort Subite has a wonderful selection of Belgium’s finest product, beer.
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Date posted: April 2012
Jakob (Germany):
The Galeries Royales are filled with expensive chocolate and designer stores, but the glass construction is amazing
Date posted: October 2009

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Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
This site is part of the Tentative list of: Belgium

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2008 Tentative list
Submitted as tentative site by State Party

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