Brussels 'open day' huge success
19 September 2005, BRUSSELS – More than 150,000 people took advantage of free access to some of Brussels' most famous buildings this weekend during the city's traditional annual open day.
19 September 2005
BRUSSELS – More than 150,000 people took advantage of free access to some of Brussels' most famous buildings this weekend during the city's traditional annual open day.
Emir Kir, Brussels secretary of state for monuments and sites declared the day a success, indicating that one of the most popular visits had been to the masonic temple on the rue de Laeken.
He attributed the success in part to the interest that Belgium's 175th anniversary had inspired in the public.
Among the 100 locations and 70 activities on offer the Finance ministry attracted 3,000 visitors, the circle of philanthropic friends nearly 12,000, the Palace of Academics 3,300 and the Bourse 8,000.
The masonic temple was overwhelmed with almost 14,000 people, while the federal government building attracted 6,000 visitors just on Sunday.
The Brussels parliament drew in 3,000 on Sunday, in comparison to the Flemish parliament's 1,200 and the Wallonian parliament's 1,000. The European Parliament saw 2,500 people walk through its doors.
The public also took part in a number of different proposed activities, including walks, bus and bike rides and exhibitions.
[Copyright Expatica 2005]
Subject: Belgian news