Place des Martyrs, Brussels

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Place des Martyrs (French) Martelarenplein (Dutch)
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Martyrs' Square
Location Brussels, Belgium
Quarter Marais–Jacqmain Quarter
Coordinates 50°51′05″N 04°21′22″E / 50.85139°N 4.35611°E / 50.85139; 4.35611Coordinates: 50°51′05″N 04°21′22″E / 50.85139°N 4.35611°E / 50.85139; 4.35611
Completion c. 1778

Martyrs' Square (French: Place des Martyrs; Dutch: Martelarenplein) is a square in the centre of Brussels. The current name of this square refers to the martyrs of the September days of the Belgian Revolution of 1830. Originally the square was called Place Saint-Michel or Sint-Michielsplein after Saint Michael, patron of the City of Brussels. It was laid-out in a uniform neoclassical style in the years 1774–1778, based on the designs of Claude Fisco.

Over 400 heroes of the Belgian Revolution of 1830 lie buried in a crypt beneath the cobblestones. Many lie not far from where they were shot, in fierce battles amid the Brussels streets and barricades.

The Flemish Government cabinet offices are located at this square.


This square is located near the metro station De Brouckère on lines 1 and 5 of the Brussels metro.

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Media related to Place des Martyrs/Martelaarsplein at Wikimedia Commons