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The Bourse (Stock Exchange), Brussels

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The Brussels Stock Exchange, abbreviated to BSE, was founded in Brussels, Belgium, by decree of Napoleon in 1801. On 22 September 2000, the BSE merged with Paris Bourse, Lisbon Stock Exchange and the stock exchanges of Amsterdam, to form Euronext N.V., the first pan-European exchange for equities and derivatives, with common trading and clearing of all products, and was renamed Euronext Brussels. The most well known index on the Brussels Stock Exchange is the BEL20. It now belongs to the NYSE Euronext group, the first global stock exchange.BuildingThe building that houses the Brussels Stock Exchange does not have a distinct name, though it is usually called simply the Bourse/Beurs. It is located on Boulevard Anspach, and is the namesake of the Place de la Bourse/Beursplein, which is, after the Grand Place, the second most important square in Brussels.As part of the covering of the river Senne for health and aesthetic reasons in the 1860s and 1870s, a massive program of beautification of the city centre was undertaken. Architect Léon-Pierre Suys, as part of his proposal for covering of the Senne, designed a building to become the centre of the rapidly expanding business sector. It was to be located on the former butter market, (itself situated on the ruins of the former Recollets Franciscan convent) on the newly created Anspach Boulevard (then called Central Boulevard).
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It's easy to find accommodations in Brussels for nearly any budget. Tourists generally gravitate to the area surrounding Grand-Place, the city's main square. Also consider staying near Stephanie Square Centre and Boulevard de Waterloo, which are both centrally located. As Europe's unofficial capital, the city boasts a wealth of high-end hotels for visiting diplomats, concentrated along glitzy Avenue Louise. Those looking for a low-budget option will find a host of hostels scattered around the Grand-Place and within walking distance to the city's main attractions.
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  • beautiful building but there are a lot of intimidating drunk people hanging around the steps here which makes it a bit uncomfortable to visit  more »
  • Yep, it is a rather dodgy area, but it does have history. The former stock exchange now being used as an exhibition hall. Seems to be a major meeting place.  more »
  • Be careful. The place is very dirty and almost never cleaned thoroughly. Drunk people are always spending the whole day on the steps of the building. The pedestrian street in front of it is mainly pop...  more »
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  • Beautiful architecture. Not all stock exchange looks like this! Worth a visit since it's at the central area
  • Was the original stock exchange, but is now used as an exhibition hall. Appears to be a major meeting point.
  • Beautiful building. If seen from the back there is a great combination of history: old Brussels (ruins from 1083), Sint Niklaus Church (built twice). A rare collage of history
  • Beautiful building. Always impressed when I see it
  • Worth a visit, just watch out for the vagrants that float around the steps.