Brussels

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Brussels (Bruxelles or ; Brussel ), officially the Brussels-Capital Region (Région de Bruxelles-Capitale; Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium.wikipedia
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City of Brussels

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Brussels (Bruxelles or ; Brussel ), officially the Brussels-Capital Region (Région de Bruxelles-Capitale; Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium.
The City of Brussels (Ville de Bruxelles or alternatively Bruxelles-Ville ; Stad Brussel or Brussel-Stad) is the largest municipality and historical centre of the Brussels-Capital Region, and the capital of Belgium.

Antwerp

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It is also part of a large conurbation extending towards Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven and Walloon Brabant, home to over 5 million people.
With a population of 520,504, it is the most populous city proper in Belgium, and with a metropolitan area housing around 1,200,000 people, it's the second largest metropolitan region after Brussels in Belgium.

Leuven

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It is also part of a large conurbation extending towards Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven and Walloon Brabant, home to over 5 million people.
It is located about 25 km east of Brussels.

Flemish Region

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The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the Flemish Region (in which it forms an enclave) and the Walloon Region.
The Flemish Region (Vlaams Gewest, ; Région flamande) is one of the three regions of the Kingdom of Belgium—alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region.

Zenne

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Brussels grew from a small rural settlement on the river Senne to become an important city-region in Europe.
The Zenne or Senne is a small river that flows through Brussels, left tributary of the Dijle/Dyle.

Brussels Airport

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In addition, both its airport and railway stations are the largest and busiest in the country.
Brussels Airport (also called Brussel-Nationaal / Bruxelles-National (Brussels-National) or Zaventem) is an international airport 6.5 NM northeast of Brussels, the capital of Belgium.

NATO

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The secretariat of the Benelux and headquarters of NATO are also located in Brussels.
NATO's Headquarters are located in Evere, Brussels, Belgium, while the headquarters of Allied Command Operations is near Mons, Belgium.

Strasbourg

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Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union, as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions, including its administrative-legislative, executive-political, and legislative branches (though the judicial branch is located in Luxembourg, and the European Parliament meets for a minority of the year in Strasbourg) and its name is sometimes used metonymically to describe the EU and its institutions.
Strasbourg is one of the de facto three main capitals of the European Union (alongside Brussels and Luxembourg), as it is the seat of several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe (with its European Court of Human Rights, its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines most commonly known in French as "Pharmacopée Européenne" its European Audiovisual Observatory), the Eurocorps, as well as the European Parliament and the European Ombudsman of the European Union.

Brussels Metro

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The Brussels Metro is the only rapid transit system in Belgium.
The Brussels Metro (Métro de Bruxelles, Brusselse metro) is a rapid transit system serving a large part of the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.

Grand Place

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Main attractions include its historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie/De Munt and the Museums of Art and History.
The Grand Place (French, ; "Grand Square"; also used in English ) or Grote Markt (Dutch, ; "Grand Market") is the central square of Brussels.

Manneken Pis

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Main attractions include its historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie/De Munt and the Museums of Art and History.
Manneken Pis is a landmark 61 cm bronze sculpture in the centre of Brussels (Belgium), depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain's basin.

Atomium

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Main attractions include its historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie/De Munt and the Museums of Art and History.
The Atomium is a landmark building in Brussels, originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Expo (Expo 58).

La Monnaie

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Main attractions include its historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie/De Munt and the Museums of Art and History.
The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (or la Monnaie) in French, or The Koninklijke Muntschouwburg (or de Munt) in Dutch, is an opera house in Brussels, Belgium.

Royal Museums of Art and History

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Main attractions include its historic Grand Place, Manneken Pis, Atomium, and cultural institutions such as La Monnaie/De Munt and the Museums of Art and History.
The Royal Museums of Art and History (Musées royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis) or RMAH is a group of museums in Brussels, Belgium.

Belgian comics

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Because of its long tradition of Belgian comics, Brussels is also hailed as a capital of the comic strip.
While the comics in the two major language groups and regions of Belgium (Flanders with the Dutch language and Wallonia with French) each have clearly distinct characteristics, they are constantly influencing one another, and meeting each other in Brussels and in the bilingual publication tradition of the major editors.

List of busiest railway stations in Belgium

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In addition, both its airport and railway stations are the largest and busiest in the country.
The province is also listed, unless the station lies within the Brussels Capital Region and therefore does not belong to any province.

European Commission

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Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union, as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions, including its administrative-legislative, executive-political, and legislative branches (though the judicial branch is located in Luxembourg, and the European Parliament meets for a minority of the year in Strasbourg) and its name is sometimes used metonymically to describe the EU and its institutions.
The Members of the Commission and their "cabinets" (immediate teams) are based in the Berlaymont building in Brussels.

French language

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In French, Bruxelles is pronounced (the x is pronounced, like in English, and the final s is silent) and in Dutch, Brussel is pronounced.
It is spoken as a first language (in descending order of the number of speakers) in France, the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick as well as other Francophone regions, Belgium (Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region), western Switzerland (cantons of Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Vaud, Valais), Monaco, partly in Luxembourg, the states of Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in the United States, and in northwestern Italy (region of Aosta Valley), and by various communities elsewhere.

European Parliament

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Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union, as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions, including its administrative-legislative, executive-political, and legislative branches (though the judicial branch is located in Luxembourg, and the European Parliament meets for a minority of the year in Strasbourg) and its name is sometimes used metonymically to describe the EU and its institutions.
The European Parliament has three places of work – Brussels (Belgium), Luxembourg City (Luxembourg) and Strasbourg (France).

Cambrai

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Saint Vindicianus, the bishop of Cambrai, made the first recorded reference to the place Brosella in 695, when it was still a hamlet.
Cambrai is not very far from several European capitals: Brussels is 108 km, Paris is 160 km and London is 280 km.

Coudenberg

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The town grew quite rapidly and extended towards the upper town (Treurenberg, Coudenberg and Sablon/Zavel areas), where there was a smaller risk of floods.
The Coudenberg or Koudenberg (Dutch for cold hill) is a small hill in Brussels (Belgium) where the Palace of Coudenberg was built.

Flemish Community

FlemishDutchDutch-speaking community
The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the Flemish Region (in which it forms an enclave) and the Walloon Region.
Where responsibilities of the Flemish Region can be devolved to the provincial level, no such equivalent exists in the Brussels-Capital Region, which itself exercises many competencies for territorial tasks elsewhere assigned to the provinces.

Sablon, Brussels

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The town grew quite rapidly and extended towards the upper town (Treurenberg, Coudenberg and Sablon/Zavel areas), where there was a smaller risk of floods.
The Sablon (French) or Zavel (Dutch) is a neighbourhood and hill in the historic upper town of Brussels, Belgium.

Evere

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The names of all the municipalities in the Brussels-Capital Region are also of Dutch origin, except for Evere, which is Celtic.
Evere (French:, Dutch: ) is one of the 19 municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium).

Bombardment of Brussels

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In 1695, during the Nine Years' War, King Louis XIV of France sent troops to bombard Brussels with artillery.
The bombardment of Brussels by troops of Louis XIV of France on August 13, 14 and 15, 1695, and the resulting fire were together the most destructive event in the entire history of Brussels.