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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 Grote Markt (Dutch) or Grand Place (French) is the central market square of Brussels. It is surrounded by guild houses, the city's Town Hall and the Bread House (Dutch: Broodhuis, French: Maison du Roi). The square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels next to the Atomium and Manneken Pis.

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