Petit Sablon/Kleine Zavel

This tranquil little square, opened to the public in 1890, was designed in 1879 by architect H. Beyaert at the request of Mayor Charles Buls. Beyaert conceived, on the site of an old cemetery, a neo-Renaissance style garden with the railing topped with sculptures. The 48 statues, perched on small, neo-Gothic-style columns, together depict the world of Brussels’s former corporations and trades. A glover, a brewer, a glassmaker, a weaver, a boiler maker, a goldsmith, a barber, a draper and many others… all sculpted based on designs by Laeken artist Xavier Mellery. In the garden, the nine groups of boxwood hedging adorning the lawn represent the nine Belgian provinces of the time, while another group, in the shape of a crown, symbolises Belgium. The boxwood-edged flowerbeds lead to a circular pond with flowing fountain crowned by statues of the Counts of Hornes and Egmont, champions of patriotism and resistance. At the back of the square, in ivy-covered niches, can be seen ten Carrara marble statues representing some major figures from Belgian history. (Listed 20/07/1972)

Guided tours focusing on the statues in the square. Saturday and Sunday at 10h30, 12h00, 14h00 and 15h30 (French) and at 11h30, 13h30 and 15h00 (Dutch) (duration: 1 hour). Starting point: at the foot of the statue of the Counts of Egmont and Hornes. Please note that bookings are preferred. Call 02/410.99.50 (from Monday to Friday, 9h00 to 17h00). Up to 25 people per tour. In cooperation with La Fonderie.
Tour “Restoration of the ornate fence surrounding Petit Sablon/Kleine Zavel Park”.

Practical information

  • rue de la Régence
    1000 Brussels
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      Petit Sablon/Kleine Zavel
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      Petit Sablon/Grand _Sablon/Kleine Zavel/Grote _Zavel
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      Grand Sablon/Grote Zavel