The Grand Place (French; also used in English) or Grote Markt (Dutch) is the central square of Brussels. It is surrounded by guildhalls, the gothic Town Hall from the 14th century, and the Breadhouse (French: Maison du Roi, Dutch: Broodhuis) which used to be a Spanish royal residence in the 16th century. The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels.
The Grand Place measures 68 by 110 metres, even though its worth remembering that it has rather irregular pentagonal shape being a starting point for seven streets.
It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998.
Brussels Grand Place was voted the most beautiful square in Europe in 2010. A survey by a Dutch website stedentripper.com asked its users to rate different squares across Europe. Moscow's Red Square and the Place Stanislas in Nancy, France, took second and third place respectively.
Every two years in August, an enormous "flower carpet" is set up in the Grand Place for a few days. A million colourful begonias are set up in patterns, and the display covers a full 24 by 77 metres, for area total of 1,800 square metres. The first flower carpet was made in 1971, and due to its popularity, the tradition continued, with the flower carpet attracting a large number of tourists.