As the only remaining medieval city gate in Brussels, the Porte de Hal tells two closely intertwined stories: its own and that of Brussels as a fortified city. It takes us back hundreds of years to a time of cunningly devised plans and happenstance, of alliances and wars. During an interactive quest taking you through the imposing chambers of this 14th
century city gate, you will find out how Brussels was protected from outside attack during the Middle Ages and learn about the role of the townspeople in defending the city.
By trying on part of a suit of armour, looking at models and short films, through multimedia exhibits, or simply by admiring the splendid displays of objects, you will quickly have a good grasp of what Brussels was like 700 years ago and how this continues to impact the cityscape today.
On top of this, alternating temporary exhibitions dealing with urban living in the past and today guarantee that you will always have a good reason to revisit the Porte de Hal. As the icing on the cake, you will have a chance to enjoy a panorama of the sprawling city from the crenellated battlements at the top of the structure.
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