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Rue Neuve

Rue Neuve (15)

Rue Neuve is a noisy pedestrian street that has been Brussels’ main commercial thoroughfare since the nineteenth century. In fact, it is said that this is the street most frequented by the people of the city, which you can see with your own eyes if you visit on Saturday evening. 

It is, in fact, a street crammed with shops on both sides, most of which have affordable prices. Of particular interest of all these establishments is the busy shopping centre City 2, which opened in 1978 and where you can find a wide variety of shops and cafés.

Towards the middle of this shopping street, moreover, you will encounter the church of Notre-Dame-du-Finistère, which is a chapel devoted to the Virgin, and by crossing at the east of the street you will reach Place des Martyrs or Square of the Martyrs. This is a beautiful, peaceful, classical-style rectangular square that was designed by the architect Claude-Antoine Fisco. You will notice that in its centre there is a monument to commemorate the 450 citizens who died in the 1830 uprising. This sculpture, which was made by Guillaume Geefs in 1838, rises above the crypt and is surrounded by a gallery, in which you can see the names of all these martyrs. 

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