This pleasant walking tour of Schaerbeek starts in front of the Romanesque-Byzantine style Saint Mary’s Royal Church. Construction began in 1845, with the church being built on the Place de la Reine/Koninginneplein, one of the junctions on the “royal route” linking the Royal Palace in Brussels to the Château de Laeken. You will walk along the Chaussée de Haecht/Haachtsesteenweg and travel though the ever-colourful, bustling neighbourhood. Its nickname “Little Anatoly” is a reference to the many Turkish families that have settled in the area. A little further on, you will pass in front of the Maison Autrique town house, the first example of Victor Horta’s architectural genius, before experiencing a complete change of atmosphere as you enter the Avenue Louis Bertrand/Louis Bertrandlaan. Here you will find a real catalogue of architectural styles, reflecting the wealth accumulated by the upper middle classes in the 19th century. Around the opulent Place des Bienfaiteurs/Weldoenersplein (designed by Edmond Galoppin, who also chose the plants) you will discover even more architectural gems, with styles ranging from Eclectic to Art Nouveau. These neighbourhoods, working class or middle class, bustling or peaceful, have always attracted painters, sculptors and other artists, and continue to do so even today. Some of these contemporary artists will open the doors of their studios to you, to talk about their passion for their craft and to present some of their work.