Built in 1846, they were commissioned bythe king to protect the inhabitants of Brussels from rain while shopping. They are a symbol of Belgium. They were the first shopping galleries in Europe.
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE GALLERIES
This urban passage, crowned with a glass and ornamented with columns, was the first of its kind in Europe. The Brussels galleries consist of three wings Gallery, named the King Galley, the Queen Gallery and the Princes Gallery.
THE SHOPS IN THE ROYAL GALLERIES
Inside the galleries, you will not find popular brands, but specialised and luxury shops: chocolate shops, a champagnothèque, jewellery shops, a glove shop, lace shops, bookshops ... All shops have a classic style and are characterised by the quality of their products. Their windows are just amazing. If you are looking for a good souvenir, these galleries can be the perfect place to find it.
The galleries also have terraces, a cinema, a theatre and the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts.
GALLERIES WITH HISTORY
The royal galleries are a reference in Brussels. The are currently used both to go shopping and to cross from one part of the city to another. They connect the Grand Place surroundings with the Rue d’Aremberg. From that exit, you can take the road leading up to the Cathedral, or you can even have a beer at Mort Subite.
These galleries are a meeting place for the Brussels high society and artists.
ODDITIES ABOUT THE ROYAL GALLERIES
The land expropriation took 9 years and the construction of the galleries 18 months.
The galleries were originally called “Saint-Hubert Passage”.From October 1965 they are called"Royal Galleries Saint-Hubert".
They were frequented by Victor Hugo.
Here was located the first Neuhaus chocolate shop (and it is still there).
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HOW TO GET TO THE SAINT HUBERT GALLERIES
- Metro: Gare Centrale, lines 1 and 5.
- Tram: Bourse, lines 3, 4, 31, 32 and 33.
- Bus: Arenberg, lines 29, 38, 63, 66, 71 and 86.
SOME PLACES NEAR SAINT HUBERT GALLERIES
- Manneken Pis (420 m)
- Grand Place (206 m)