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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  • August 17, 2017
    We know all this photographer through this photo of this Afghan refugee to blue eyes. What artist, of beautiful high shots in colors and emotions. Unfortunately, the exhibition of the photos is too anarchic. They are all mixed and very close to each other. Some are commented - audio cassette -, they are almost all together. Some, including that of a boy, a gun to his head and a face full of snot has upset me. But he had no explanation. The film that illustrates the research of the young Afghan woman is poignant and very interesting. Unfortunately, it illustrates the status of women in this region: (.) Brief artistically: superb. At the presentation level: can do better.
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  • August 15, 2017
    While exploring the city we found ourselves on the pedestrian only square outside the old stock exchange (which is, we were told, being turned into a beer museum!). The building itself is impressive, ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Quite beautiful architecture. Can be full of happiness to bypass the building around and slap their hands. The square in front of the always full all the rabble: Street beggars, drunks, homeless people, all kinds of musicians and dancers. Inside the building there are exhibitions and other events.
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  • May 7, 2017
    Beautiful architecture. Not all stock exchange looks like this! Worth a visit since it's at the central area
  • June 4, 2017
    Was the original stock exchange, but is now used as an exhibition hall. Appears to be a major meeting point.
  • January 22, 2017
    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
  • March 19, 2017
    Beautiful building. Always impressed when I see it
  • June 17, 2017
    Worth a visit, just watch out for the vagrants that float around the steps.

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