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The Petit Sablon Square (Place du Petit Sablon in French or Kleine Zavel in Dutch) is one of the most beautiful little gardens in Brussels. This spot is usually within the must-see places for visitors, but after living in Brussels for quite some time already, I still love it! A few steps away from the Grand Sablon Square and the flamboyant Eglise Notre-Dame du Sablon (Church of Our Lady of Sablon), this is the perfect place to catch your breath after a bit of shopping (Taschen, Pierre Marcolini and Maison Dandoy are just a few of the gorgeous shops nearby; not to mention the antique market during the weekends) or enjoy some peaceful time away from the bustly centre.

The Petit Sablon Square was created in 1890 by architect Henri Beyaert and is dedicated to the memory of Counts Egmont and Hornes, who were executed because of their resistance to the Spanish invasion. The lovely garden is surrounded by 48 bronze statues designed by Paul Hankar. These statues depict medieval professions, most of which have disappeared throughout the years, such as stone-cutters, tallow makers and linen croppers. The Petit Sablon is a true beauty at any season, so next time you’re around bring your book, sit back and enjoy this little treasure.

Address: Place du Petit Sablon, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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