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Bruxella 1238

Remains of the Franciscan monastery built in 1238.

The museum is closed temporarily.

Next to the stock exchange building, in the heart of Brussels, is a fascinating little archaeological site. Bruxella hosts the remains of the Franciscan monastery founded in Brussels in 1238 and the tomb of Duke John I of Brabant. The foundations and various other objects offer a glimpse of an unknown side of the history of Brussels as well as an idea of the different aspects of an archaeological dig.

From 1238 onwards the Franciscans were given permission to settle between the River Senne and the Grand-Place, which were strategic points in the city in the Middle Ages. This settlement reflects the important role played by these men in the city’s social and religious life. The site lived through good times and adversity, was expanded and destructed during the Calvinist period and the 1695 bombardment; rebuilt several times, it finally disappeared during the French period – a chunck of Belgian history told from a different angle.