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From Obbrussel to Saint-Gilles: The Birth of a Popular Area

Hosted by the Consul of the Brussels Guided Tours Group
Culture & Entertainment
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Took place 1 month ago
Sun 01 Oct 14:00 - 16:00

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Dear Brussels lovers,

On this Sunday 1 October, I would like to make you discover a really popular area of the city of Brussels: Saint-Gilles.

This district used to be the first foreign village (Obbrussel) that you could find once getting out of Brussels from the south, through the tall gate of Hal, known today as 'Porte de Hal' or 'Hallepoort'.

Slowly, this village was being integrated into the city that never ceased to spread over.

The village of 'Obbrussel', meaning 'High Brussels', was situated up to the hill and was an area living of trade with an important amount of little markets.

Slowly, during the 19th century, it became crucial for local industries to settle and became, in the logical continuity of the Marolles, one of the most important labour areas of Brussels.

It will be an exceptional occasion to discover authenticity and another face of our beautiful city.

Place of the event: see you at the Protected content

Access to the site: trams 3, 4, 51/bus 48.