Belg der Belgen

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In 2005, the Belgian newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad conducted a vote to discover the greatest Belgian of all time, under the title Belg der Belgen. The series is based on BBC's 100 Greatest Britons. On 1 December 2005, Father Damien (Jozef de Veuster) was chosen as Greatest Belgian of all time.

The top ten[edit]

  1. Pater Damiaan (1840-1889) (Catholic missionary)
  2. Eddy Merckx (1945-) (cyclist)
  3. Paul Janssen (1926-2003) (scientist)
  4. Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1560) (painter)
  5. Jacques Brel (1929-1978) (singer)
  6. Jan Decleir (1946-) (actor)
  7. Ernest Claes (1885-1968) (author)
  8. René Magritte (1898-1967) (painter)
  9. Adolphe Sax (1814-1894) (musical instrument designer)
  10. Victor Horta (1861-1947) (architect)