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Visit : Monument, Architectural Heritage

Remains of the first fortification in Brussels

Remains of the first fortification in Brussels
© WBT - J.P.Remy

Often little-known to visitors, three 13th-century remains bear witness to medieval Brussels.

So, it's important to visit the Black Tower, behind the Sainte-Catherine Church, Anneessens Tower and Villers Tower to get a closer look at this eight-centuries-old Brussels.

The Black Tower is one of these remains which has been particularly well preserved. It is now classified as a Historic Monument.

The remains luckily escaped destruction and were then restored in the 19th century and are now surrounded on one side by a modern hotel.

Anneessens Tower is also called the Tour d'Angle. These remains have also been preserved and used to form a corner foritification in the south-west of the medieval city.

It owes its name to a famous character, François Anneessens, who was part of the Confrérie des quatre couronnés, a group of sculptors, stone cutters, masons and slate-quarry workers in the 17th century, and was beheaded in the Grand-Place in 1719.

Villers Tower, also known as Saint Jacques Tower, completes this trio of fortifications.

How to get there

Black Tower
Rue de la Vierge Noire 32, 1000 Brussels
Metros 1 & 5: Sainte-Catherine.

Anneessens Tower
Metros 1 & 5: Gare Centrale.

Villers Tower
Metros 1 & 5: Gare Centrale.