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I am back after a few weeks of travel, official and personal.

I had gone to Brussels for a couple of days and had the opportunity to visit the wonderful Grand Place in the evening....and also got a good opportunity to use my Tokina wide lens to good effect.

The Grand Place or Grote Markt is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe with architecture from 3 different eras (Baroque, Gothic and Louis XIV) making their marks on the square giving it an eclectic flavour. This eclectic quality earned the Grand Place a listing as one of the Sites of World Heritage by UNESCO in 1998.

Historically, the Brussels Grand Place was essentially a market place where traders and citizens sold and bought food. The streets surrounding the square therefore are named after foods like chicken (poulet), herbs (herbes), cheese (fromage) and so forth. Most of the buildings of this square were rebuilt or restored after the bombardment of Brussels by France in 1695.

Overlooking the square is the majestic Gothic tower of the Town Hall (Hotel de Ville) which I first mistook for a church. The Town Hall is a masterpiece of the Gothic civil architecture of the 15th century. The 96 metre (310 ft) high tower crowned by a 5-metre-high gilt metal statue of the archangel Michael, patron saint of Brussels, slaying a dragon or devil.

PS : The exif shows India Time...the time of taking this picture is 19:23...(Exif Time minus 3:30 hours)

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