capital of Belgium, in the central part: headquarters of the European Union
Fl. name Brus′sel
The capital city of Belgium, in the central part of the country. Once the chief town of Brabant, it was made (1530) the capital of the Netherlands under the Habsburgs. Officially bilingual (Flemish and French), it became capital of Belgium in 1830. x
- Granvelle left Brussels on the 13th of March 1564, never to return.
- Giovanni, dating from 1576, is famous for its rich inlaid marbles, its Brussels tapestries, its roof painted by Matteo Preti (1661-1699), the picture by Michael Angelo da Caravaggio of the beheading of John the Baptist, numerous memorials of the knights and other relics.
- Baron de Reiffenberg, Le Chevalier au cygne et Godfrey de Bouillon (Brussels, 2 vols., 1846-1848), in Mon.
- He would have entered Brussels in triumph, but his victorious advance was stayed by the intervention of the French.
- In recent years attempts have been made by Albanians resident abroad to propagate the national idea among their compatriots at home; committees have been formed at Brussels, Bucharest, Athens and elsewhere, and books, pamphlets and newspapers are surreptitiously sent into the country.