Historia Bruxellae

With this collection, the City’s Museums and Archives enable a wide-ranging readership to discover and find out about often little-known events in Brussels’ history. Published in an easy-to-read format and lavishly illustrated, these little publications constitute a simple didactic tool that is enjoyable to use.

C. Paredes

C. Paredes

Brussels and tapestry-making- Weaving in and out of history, Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles, n°18, 2015

“Our city was the main centre for this industry for almost 400 years , and the greater the interest we take in it, the more we will see, as I have tried to record, the enormous degree to which our fellow citizens took part in it” (Alphonse Wauters, Les tapisseries bruxelloises, 1878)

Y. Jacqmin, Q. Demeure

Y. Jacqmin, Q. Demeure

Brussels Town Hall, Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles, n°14, 2011

This little booklet brings to life the most emblematic, distinctive and prestigious of Brussels’ buildings – its world famous Town Hall. Travel through time thanks to a wealth of drawings, paintings and photographs presenting everything from the laying of the first stone to its present day incarnation. Discover its history, the various phases of its construction and renovation, its rich artistic collections, and the new cultural uses that are developing alongside its traditional political and ceremonial functions. Brussels Town Hall, a living, breathing repository of five centuries of history, is closely linked to the birth and development of the Kingdom of Belgium in the 19th century.

M. Couvreur, A. Deknop, TH. Symons

M. Couvreur, A. Deknop, TH. Symons

Manneken-Pis All worked up, Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles, n° 9, 2005

The Manneken-Pis fountain was once part of an elaborate water supply network in Brussels, renowned throughout Europe. Sculpted by Jérôme Duquesnoy, it delighted the people of Brussels from the 17th century onwards, both for its aesthetic qualities and for the services it provided. Now an ornament in the urban landscape and part of Brussels folklore, it continues to charm and delight old and young alike. This short book relates its lovely, sometimes turbulent history.