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Quartier Marolles, Brussels

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The Marolles or Marollen is an old neighbourhood of Brussels, situated between the Palace of Justice and the south railway station. In the heart of Marollen can be found the Église de la Chapelle/Kapellekerk and the Place du Jeu de balle/Vossenplein. Major arteries of the neighborhood include the rue Haute/Hoogstraat, the rue Blaesstraat and the rue des Tanneurs/Huidevetterstraat. Inhabitants of the neighbourhood are called Marolliens. The dialect known as Marols was spoken in this area.HistoryThe area now occupied by the Marollen lay, during the Middle Ages, in the first circumvallation of the city of Brussels. Lepers were exiled to this area, and they were cared for by the nuns of Maria Colentes (Marikollen). The toponym Marollen was derived from this religious group. The Marollen became a working class neighbourhood in succeeding centuries.DevelopmentIn 1860, during the reign of Léopold I, a Royal decree announced the building of the Palace of Justice and an international architecture contest was organised for its design. The designs entered in the contest were found to be unacceptable and were thus rejected. The then minister of justice Tesch appointed Joseph Poelaert to design the building in 1861. The first stone was laid on October 31, 1866, and the building was inaugurated on October 15, 1883, after Poelaert's death.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Despite the publicity that is the place of the ball game, I don't have found of particular interest in this place. A market the chip as found everywhere with traders giving prices that varied depending on the client. Tourist trap. Very disappointed. A few shops still unusual.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Supreme Court of Brussels in the South end of the ring, built in the 19th century is a neighborhood area. And say why this area is important in the middle ages that say first place began to exist the Brussels. Brussels is all history starts from here.
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  • August 3, 2017
    Here there is everything and nothing. Do you like antiques? You will not be disappointed. Antique bcp expose of former mansions where he must at all costs take a look.
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