The secrets of the Rue de la Cigogne


15/09/2018 - 16/09/2018

The secrets of the Rue de la Cigogne

Over the course of its development, the city of Brussels has been faced with the ongoing problem of housing its low-income population. For a long period, “culs-de-sac” were the only solutions available for accommodating workers, craftspeople, rag-and-bone merchants, street vendors and those engaged in other traditional occupations. These dead-end alleyways are often named after their owners, the crafts that were carried out in them or the goods that were sold there. Numbering in their hundreds in the 19th century, today only some forty still survive, bearing essential witness to our city’s past.
This walking tour will take you on the trail of the old dead-end back alleys of the Sainte Catherine neighbourhood, the commercial heart of the city. While many have disappeared and are remembered only in street name signs, others have undergone some interesting renovations. They remind us of the daily lives of their former inhabitants. The walk will finish at the narrow, pretty Rue de la Cigogne/Ooievaarsstraat, which features an 18th century porch. The owners of one of the houses will open their door to you, giving you the chance to see an interesting renovation carried out on a 16th century building that has been converted into an exhibition space.

A partnership between E-Guides and a property owner on the Rue de la Cigogne/Ooievaarsstraat.

Practical information

    • in front of Saint Catherine’s Church
    • Place Sainte-Catherine/Sint-Katelijneplein
    • 1000 Brussels
    • Sat. & Sun. at 09h30 and 13h30 (duration: 2 hours)
      Please note that bookings are essential. Call 0499/21.39.85 or e-mail Up to 25 people per tour. In French only.
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