UNESCO heritage in Brussels

21 March 2022

What do the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza, the Grand-Place and other exceptional sites in Brussels have in common? They’re all on the UNESCO World Heritage lists.

Brussels is admired for the richness of its heritage, which bears witness to its almost thousand year old history. This attracted the attention of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

To try to preserve the world's heritage, UNESCO has devised two important instruments, using strict selection criteria:  the World Heritage List of cultural and natural assets that are “of outstanding universal value”, and the Intangible Cultural Heritage List, including practices, performing arts, expressions, knowledge and practices of a country, region or community.

The Grand-Place was successfully integrated in 1998 and since then, many other Brussels assets have also earned their place on these prestigious lists.

So, let’s go out and discover the Brussels heritage that is on one of the famous UNESCO lists!