Brussels history

Brussels history

Surprisingly, Brussels was named a city after a chapel was built in a small settlement. Some time later, Duke Charles of Lower Lorraine transferred the relics of Saint Gudula (patroness of the future Brussels) from Mursel to this chapel and built the first fortifications around it.

From that moment on, the struggle for power over the city and its inhabitants began.

Centuries later, the city charter was created by Charles, Duke of Lower Lorraine.

The development of Brussels was influenced by trade with the cities of Ghent, Bruges and Keln.

Several centuries later, the city decided to build a wall to strengthen the protection of the townspeople and later a second was built as the city began to grow.

Improving the well-being of the townspeople contributed to the development of culture and art, which attracted prominent artists to the city, whose work adorned the homes of famous royalty and aristocracy.

Having reached a certain economic power, Brussels became interesting to neighboring foreign powers who tried to occupy the city. The city entered into a protracted struggle not only for survival, but also for independence.


This struggle ended with the proclamation of the power of the monarch. The first king of the Kingdom of Belgium on July 21, 1831 was Leopold I, uncle of Queen Victoria of Great Britain.

The walls were torn down. The city's population has grown several times.



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