Espace Leopold

 Mini-Europe aka a whistlestop selfie tour of Europe's buildings

Mini-Europe aka a whistlestop selfie tour of Europe's buildings

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 Grand Place is the the central square of Brussels and is home to the Town Hall and the King's House

Grand Place is the the central square of Brussels and is home to the Town Hall and the King's House

 Brussels' Gothic Town Hall, completed in 1420

Brussels' Gothic Town Hall, completed in 1420

 Brussels Town Hall

Brussels Town Hall

  Le Roy d'Espagne, La Brouette, Le Sac, La Louve, Le Cornet, Le Renard - a series of Guild Houses

 Le Roy d'Espagne, La Brouette, Le Sac, La Louve, Le Cornet, Le Renard - a series of Guild Houses

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 That essential panoramic selfie

That essential panoramic selfie

 Interior courtyard of Brussels Town Hall

Interior courtyard of Brussels Town Hall

 Red Carpet/ Trash

Red Carpet/ Trash

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 Graffiti on Bourse de Bruxelles which once housed Brussels Stock Exchange - the building is due to become a Beer Museum opening in 2018

Graffiti on Bourse de Bruxelles which once housed Brussels Stock Exchange - the building is due to become a Beer Museum opening in 2018

 St Nicholas Church

St Nicholas Church

 EU merchandise

EU merchandise

 More EU merchandise - I'm sure Theresa May has the egg timer...

More EU merchandise - I'm sure Theresa May has the egg timer...

 A view up Rue Wiertz towards the protocol entrance of the Paul-Henri Spaak Building, part of the Espace Leopold (European Parliament Complex)

A view up Rue Wiertz towards the protocol entrance of the Paul-Henri Spaak Building, part of the Espace Leopold (European Parliament Complex)

 Statue of Europa holding the Greek Espilon by the Protocol Entrance

Statue of Europa holding the Greek Espilon by the Protocol Entrance

 Protocol Entrance

Protocol Entrance

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 One of two stepped tunnels to the central Agora and Station Europe

One of two stepped tunnels to the central Agora and Station Europe

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 Agora Simone Veil - named after Simone Veil, the former president of the European Parliament who died in 2017

Agora Simone Veil - named after Simone Veil, the former president of the European Parliament who died in 2017

 Tourist cycles through the central Agora - you wouldn't find this in Westminster

Tourist cycles through the central Agora - you wouldn't find this in Westminster

 The back of the old station entrance which is now home to the welcome centre - Station Europe

The back of the old station entrance which is now home to the welcome centre - Station Europe

 Luxembourg Square - The facade of the Station Europe building in the centre is the old entrance to the Brussels-Luxembourg station. The station used to be at road level but has since been covered over and moved completely underground to make way for the public agora and esplanade

Luxembourg Square - The facade of the Station Europe building in the centre is the old entrance to the Brussels-Luxembourg station. The station used to be at road level but has since been covered over and moved completely underground to make way for the public agora and esplanade

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 The Paul-Henri Spaak building containing the hemicycle chamber

The Paul-Henri Spaak building containing the hemicycle chamber

 Photo or it didn't happen

Photo or it didn't happen

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 Sculpture at the centre of the PHS building intended to represent the connections between all European people

Sculpture at the centre of the PHS building intended to represent the connections between all European people

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 May or my not be an LC2

May or my not be an LC2

 The Hemicycle in the PHS building

The Hemicycle in the PHS building

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 Audio tour stickers at the exit to the PHS building

Audio tour stickers at the exit to the PHS building

 The south end of Rue Wiertz leads to a somewhat dead end which could be to do with the construction works going on

The south end of Rue Wiertz leads to a somewhat dead end which could be to do with the construction works going on

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 The Esplanade runs the central length of the Espace Leopold - it curves with the rail tracks below it and although has gained some criticism for being a somewhat dead space I think in comparison to other parliament complexes it's an impressive public space which holds 40public events throughout the year

The Esplanade runs the central length of the Espace Leopold - it curves with the rail tracks below it and although has gained some criticism for being a somewhat dead space I think in comparison to other parliament complexes it's an impressive public space which holds 40public events throughout the year

 The Esplanade

The Esplanade

 The entrance to the Luxembourg Station below and the Jozsef Antall building behind

The entrance to the Luxembourg Station below and the Jozsef Antall building behind

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 Columns become seating at the Agora

Columns become seating at the Agora

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