Boulevard Anspach

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View toward Place de Brouckère along the boulevard.
Boulevard Anspach and Place de Brouckère, late 19th century.

Boulevard Anspach (French) or Anspachlaan (Dutch) is a major boulevard in the city centre of Brussels, Belgium, connecting the Place de Brouckère/de Brouckèreplein to the Place Fontainas/Fontainasplein.

It is named after Jules Anspach, a former mayor of Brussels. It was built over the river Senne, covering it up, although the river no longer runs underneath it. The De Brouckère metro station is accessible from the boulevard, as well as the Bourse/Beurs underground tram station. The boulevard is continued to the north by both Boulevard Emile Jacqmain/Emile Jacqmainlaan and Boulevard Adolphe Max/Adolphe Maxlaan, forming a Y crossroad. To the south, it is continued by Boulevard Maurice Lemonnier/Maurice Lemonnierlaan. Many places of interest lie along the Boulevard Anspach, for instance the Brussels Stock Exchange, the Ancienne Belgique concert hall as well as many shops and restaurants.

Prior to 1879, it was named Boulevard Central.[1] As of 2015 the city plans to pedestrianise the boulevard between the Bourse and Place de Brouckère as part of a broader pedestrianisation plan for the city centre.[2][3]


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  2. ^ O'Sullivan, Feargus (7 January 2014). "Europe's Most Congested City Contemplates Going Car-Free". City Lab. The Atlantic. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Vermeersch, Laurent (6 February 2015). "Centrale lanen: twee fonteinen en twee fietsparkings" (in Dutch). Brussel Nieuws. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 

Coordinates: 50°50′52″N 4°20′57″E / 50.84778°N 4.34917°E / 50.84778; 4.34917