Saturday, September 10, 2011

Galerie Ravenstein, Brussels

The enstrance area by Gare Centrale
The Galerie Ravenstein connects Brussels Gare Centrale with the Uptown.  This 1950's shopping centre is currently empty, with just a few shops and very brown cafés left. Walking through is worthwhile, as Galerie Ravenstein encapsules the architectural style typical of the first decade after World War II.

Galerie Ravenstein connects the Central Station with the area above, by the Parc Royal and the Royal Palace in Brussels. You ascend the hill through the four-story galerie and office building. When it opened, it accommodated over 80 shops.

Galerie Ravenstein was designed by Alexis and Philippe Dumont and built between 1954 and 1958. For those of you with a keen interest in architecture, there is much to take in while walking through the arcade. The innovative skylight and stellar artwork incorporated into the design of the arcade are striking features to be admired.

Galerie Ravenstein was listed in 2009. 
The impressive skylights of Galerie Ravenstein

See Galerie Ravenstein location on this map of Brussels

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