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Victor Hugo Walk in Brussels – 4 Place des Barricades

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The connection between this place and Victor Hugo is very simple: This house on the beautiful neo-classical place des Barricades was the home of the Hugo family for a few years. Today, a commemorative plaque reminds visitors of the presence of Victor Hugo, bearing his signature and the words: “I am the brother of all people and the host for…

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Victor Hugo Walk in Brussels – Théatre Royal du Parc

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As you may have understood this theater os located in a park, the Warandepark. According to Wikipedia, Built in 1782 to plans by the architect Louis Montoyer, the Théâtre du Parc was at first an annexe to the Théâtre de la Monnaie : the brothers Alexandre and Herman Bultos exploited the two theatres at the same time, with the Parcused for plays featuring young actors, as a sort…

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Victor Hugo Walks in Brussels – Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula Part 2

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Once you enter the church, it’s easy to understand why Hugo admired it so much or why our royals like to be married here. The grandeur and beauty of the place are overwhelming. According to its website, A chapel dedicated to St Michael was probably built here as early as the 9th century. In the 11 th century it was…

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Victor Hugo Walk in Brussels – Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula Part 1

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Opposite to the Museum of the National Bank you have the cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. There are numerous churches and cathedrals in and around Brussels, but if you only have time to visit one, this should be it! According to the information on the map, Already on his first visit, Victor Hugo was fascinated by this church, which,…

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Victor Hugo Walk in Brussels – Hotel The Dominican and another museum

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A few years ago a historic building in the Rue Léopold was renovated and turned into a hotel: Hotel The Dominican. In the 19th century however this used to be the home of the French painter Jacques-Louis David, who lived here in exile during 10 years. According to the information on the map, In “Les Misérables”, Victor Hugo wrote about…

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Victor Hugo Walk in Brussels – rue de la Fourche

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The rue de la Fourche is parallel to the petite rue des Bouchers. According to the information on the map, In the 19th century, Brussels had quite a few clandestine printshops, which were notorious for their illegal versions of the best-selling books. At least one of them was in this street, where Victor Hugo saw copies of his own books…

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Victor Hugo Walk in Brussels – Royal Toone Theatre

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Once you leave Tropismes, you are only a couple of footsteps away from the (in)famous Rue des Bouchers aka the biggest tourist trap of Brussels. The restaurants do look inviting with their cheap menus, but for € 12 you get 3 ridiculously small courses and the drinks that are not included are overpriced. The food is usually French – Italian…

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Victor Hugo Walk in Brussels – Tropismes

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Tropismes is the name of one of the most popular bookshops in Brussels. You can find find in the smaller Galerie Du Prince. Without any doubt, they sell books of Victor Hugo; the shops specializes in (French) literature and art books. But according to the information on the map, there is another connection with the writer as well: During his…

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