Most widely known as a social and grand square in Brussels, the Grand Place existed from the late 17th century. Today the site is home to buildings, markets, restaurants and many leisure activities. The square is regarded as one of the most beautiful squares of Europe and was also listed as one UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
Rising from dreadful bombardment, Grand Place gives evidence to the success of Brussels after being defeated by Louis XIV in 1965. With references dated back at the beginning of the 13th century there was existence of three markets of meat, cloth and bread respectively. Later in the 14thcentury as improvements occurred in Grand Place, then owned by Duke of Brabant, there was a rise in local merchants with a blooming trade. Even though the square was present sans a definite border, it was the Brussels Town Hall construction on the south that added as a landmark.
With 70000-strong French army working for François de Neufville caused destruction on 13 August 1695. A massive destructive arms like mortars and cannons to set fire on major part of Grand Palace and the nearby district. Due to this annihilation only stone made section of the town hall and few other buildings remained, while the rest went came down crumbling. After four years the Grand Place was renovated by the city’s association with the combination of Gothic, Baroque and Louis XIV fashion. With a few more years of both devastation and rebuilding of the Grand Place, it was in 1885 that the Belgian Labour Party organized the first official meeting at the Grand Place.
During World War I, the town hall was made into a makeshift hospital as refugees made Brussels a safer place to be. The Grote Markt or Grand Market started on 19 November 1959 at Grand Place and still exists. Though the square has been through many attempts of bombarding and then redevelopment, it still is regarded as one of the lively and amazing public squares in Europe.