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A glass elevator leads from the Palais du Justice down to the earthy Marolles district.

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Nearby Brussels attractions

1. Palais de Justice

0.04 MILES

Larger than St Peter’s in Rome, this 2.6-hectare complex of law courts was the world’s biggest building when it was constructed (1866–83). While the…

2. Viewpoint

0.05 MILES

Look out over the Marolles towards the old town.

3. Peeping Policeman

0.08 MILES

This Hergé character uses the terrace end brilliantly for a little spying.

4. Bruegel House

0.09 MILES

There is a museum in this step-gabled house where Pieter Bruegel the Elder lived and died, but it’s only open by reservation; phone ahead or check with…

5. Jardin d’Enfants

0.18 MILES

Victor Horta's first civic commission, the charming Jardin d’Enfants in the Marolles still functions as a schoolhouse.

6. Josephine Baker Mural

0.23 MILES

In one of the most distinctive Marolles murals, slinky chanteuse Josephine, with a leopard on a lead, shakes hands with a rotund monk. Behind, both in the…

7. Jewish Museum

0.23 MILES

The Jewish Museum hosts good temporary photography exhibits and a permanent collection relating to Jewish life in Belgium and beyond, with a section on…

8. Place du Petit Sablon

0.26 MILES

About 200m uphill from Place du Grand Sablon, this charming little garden is ringed by 48 bronze statuettes representing the medieval guilds. Standing…