The Gardens at Place du Petit Sablon
Place du Petit Sablon Travel Blog› entry 12 of 19 › view all entries
After leaving the Place du Grand Sablon, we immediately wandered to the Petit Sablon which has beautiful gardens and statues. This square is right above the Grand Sablon and was originally said to be a horse market. It was converted in 1890 and now features an elegant flower graden, beautiful fountains, and the most intriguing wrought-iron fences which feature stone statuettes. Each figure is said to represent a medieval trade or craft that brought historic Brussels prosperity. From what I read, it is rather daunting to try and figure out the types of each and every one but pin and belt makers and linen croppers are two I read exist amongst the 48!
Inside the gardens, the main sculpture pays homage to the Counts of Egmont and Hornes. The statue is said to represent their resistance to the Spanish invasion and tyranny. They were sentenced and decapitated for it. The other sculptures inside are said to be that of humanist scholars. I think I took pictures of every sculpture inside the park...had I tried for all 48 on the fence, I think Brett would've left me there for sure! LOL
A few of the pictures in this entry are from the surrounding area of the Petit Sablon as we were making our way towards the Place Royale.