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Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is the de facto capital city of the European Union (EU) and the largest urban area in Belgium. It comprises 19 municipalities. Brussels has grown from a 10th-century fortress town into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants. Hosting principal EU institutions and the headquarters of NATO, Brussels has been a main centre for international politics since the end of the World War II. Although historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels has become increasingly French-speaking since the 20th century. Today a majority of inhabitants are native French-speakers, although both languages have official status. Read more...

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The bombardment of Brussels by French troops of King Louis XIV on August 13, 14 and 15, 1695 and the resulting fire were together the most destructive event in the entire history of Brussels. The Grand Place was destroyed, along with a third of the buildings in the city. The reconstruction of the city centre, effected during subsequent years, profoundly changed the appearance of the city and left numerous traces still visible today.

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