Jardin du Petit Sablon, Brussels

Jardin du Petit Sablon, Brussels (must see)

The Petit Sablon is a delightful little resting spot where you can enjoy a serene setting in an otherwise bustling city. This small park is in the exclusive Sablon area of Brussels, which boasts numerous art galleries, boutiques and antique shops. The name “sablon” comes from a yellow sandy earth layer that is seen in the area. The Petit Sablon was established in 1890 through the planning of architect Beyaert. Prior to that, this location served as a horse market. Visitors enjoy the gardens, fountains and the decorative wrought iron fencing adorned with small bronze statuettes. The 48 statues, designed by Paul Hankar, represent different trade and craft guilds. A special emphasis is given to the builder, sculptor, stone cutter and slate quarry worker, which are crowned. One end of the garden features a raised monument with ten large statues representing the celebrated Belgian scholars and humanists, including Mercator, Van Bodeghem, and Ortelius. In the center of the park stands an elevated monument to the Counts of Egmont and Hoorn. Their coats of arms decorate the base of the statute. These Counts are commemorated because they stood up against the tyranny of the Spanish invasion. Unfortunately, they met their death through decapitation for their position.

Why You Should Visit:
To be entranced by its quietness in the middle of the city.
The fountain is soothing, the landscaping is well done and the ring of statues is interesting.

Tip:
Go around the park and try to figure out which guild each of the 48 bronze statues represents (it's sometimes hard to tell because they describe lost professions, but worth a try nonetheless!).
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Jardin du Petit Sablon on Map

Sight Name: Jardin du Petit Sablon
Sight Location: Brussels, Belgium
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: The Sablon Sights Walking Tour  

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City Center Orientation Walk

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Brussels is a major European capital with a remarkable history and cultural heritage. It features a large number of architectural sites, museums and world -famous specialty shops. Take a walk and discover the main landmarks of Brussels such as the world-renowned Grand Place and the Royal Palace.

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Small Ring Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Laken Park Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

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