It is a market where Brussels residents meet daily to enjoy a beer. During the summer the square becomes a terrace. Here you will find the authentic atmosphere of the city.
A SQUARE WITH NO CHURCH
Like many other districts, Saint-Géry was named after an ancient parish, in this case St. Gaugericusof Cambrai (ca. 550-ca. 626), who was the bishop of that city,in French Flanders.
The parish church was located in the place where today stands The Halles Saint-Géry, anancient market, more famous at night. The Saint-Géry church was destroyed in 1799 during the French occupation. A square was then built there, and finally, the current market, almost a century later.
A PLACE FULL OF HISTORY
According to legend, it was founded by St. Gaugericusin 580, on the island of St. Géry. Gaugericus had come here with the intent to convert the inhabitants of Brussels, a group of pagans by that time. In addition, the tradition also says that Gaugericus was not only the evangeliser of Brussels, but he was also partly its founder, since the city had begun to develop around this church,on the island formed by the Seine.
In any case, today, the only thing that reminds us that the church of Saint-Géry was in this neighbourhood is an inscription on The Halles from 1907; the rest vanished, like so many other things.
THE BRUSSELS BREWERIES
In the square you will find various breweries where you can try one of the 1,220 beer brands that exist in Belgium. The most interesting buildingis the market, where there are many temporary exhibitions.
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Place Saint Gery, 1000 Brussels.
HOW TO GET TO SAINT-GERY
- Metro: De Brouckere lines 1 and 5 and Bourse lines 3 and 4
- Bus: Bourse lines 48 and 95
- Tram: Bourse lines 31,31 and 33
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