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Galeries Saint Hubert

Galeries Saint Hubert (10)

The Saint-Hubert Arcade was opened in 1847 by King Leopold I and was thus Europe’s first shopping arcade. It was constructed by Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar, who chose a Neo-Renaissance style for this architectural ensemble. 

You will notice that the building is covered with a large glass roof, the 213-metre length of which is divided into three arcades: the King’s Gallery, the Queen’s Gallery and the Gallery of the Princes. 

Right from the very beginning, this arcade became a meeting place for the period’s upper classes and people with money, mainly because of its elegant cafés and its beautiful interior decoration. It was therefore not surprising in those days to encounter artists the stature of Alexander Dumas or Victor Hugo, who often attended the conferences that were held here. 

You will notice that some of the old shops and several delightful cafés still remain today. In this busy arcade, moreover, you will also find a broad range of luxury establishments, as well as two magnificent bookshops, a theatre, a cinema and several restaurants, noteworthy among which is Taverne du Passage with beautiful art deco decoration. 

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