Thursday, July 9, 2009

Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert - Brussels

The Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries (Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert) is a complex of three connected glass covered shopping arcades in the center of Brussels: the King’s Gallery, the Queen’s Gallery and the Galerie des Princes. The ensemble, called the Passage Saint-Hubert has gone by its present name since 1965.

The arcades are located in the Îlot Sacré district just north of Grand Place. The galleries were designed in 1837 by the young architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaar, and built in 1846. The name comes from the former Saint-Hubert Street, which ran from the Grasmarkt to Beenhouwersstraat. The galleries are over 700 feet long and 24 feet high and accommodate specialized luxury shops, cafés and restaurants. On March 1, 1896, the first film presentation in Belgium by the Lumière brothers was held here.

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