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Avenue de la Porte de Hal, Brussels, Belgium
Hallepoort - Staircase from below
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Hallepoort - Oldest stuffed horse in the world (1590s)
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lilmagil lilmagil
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Must-see for Medieval architecture Mar 01, 2013
If you have more than 1 day in Brussels, I recommend putting Hallepoort on your list. Those interested in architecture and medieval life will really appreciate this visit -- this gate of the old city wall has been beautifully restored. If you can skip the elevator, the stunning spiral staircase is worth the effort.

I visited in winter and there were no special exhibits (just the permanent exhibits of armor, medieval guilds, and city development) but the structure itself was the main attraction. Take the time to admire the workmanship of the door latches and other tiny details.

Check the website for temporary exhibits.
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Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
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The last remnant of the outer defences of Brussels Sep 20, 2009
De Hallepoort (or La Porte de Hal for French speakers) is the last remaining remnant of the once impregnable outer wall of Brussels. Built in 1381, the Hallepoort was the southern gate (the gate to Hal,a city south of Brussels) in the defences, built the strongest to counter a geographical weakness. On its completions Brussels was called the city that could not be taken, and indeed the French invasion by Louis was able to demolish the inner city via cannon shot but never breached the walls. As a modern city the outer defences were all pulled down to make way for broad boulevards, leaving only Hallepoort, which was a substantial enough fortress in itself to allow conversion to a prison. Now the fortress has been converted once again, with the addition of evocative spires and the inclusion of a museum on the medieval city of Brussels (Centre de culture urbaine / Cetruum voor stedeljike cultuur).

Entry to the museum is only five euro (four euro for students and pensioners), which includes an audioguide in French, Dutch or English. The first floor, a display on medieval weapons is the strongest and most interesting, however the second floor (on the guilds of medieval Brussels) is also well worth a look. The third floor, on the modern history of the Hallepoort, is not yet translated into English. The building itself is the greatest attraction, full of beautiful spiral staircases and hidden “murder holes”.

The fortress is a ten minute walk east of the main international train station of Brussels (Midi / Zuid), and has its own metro station (named, appropriately enough, Hallepoort / Porte de Hal).

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