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Culture of Belgium

Some of Europe’s greatest artistic geniuses hail from this low-lying land. Belgium is the birthplace of masters such as Jan van Eyck from the 15th century, followed by Pieter Brughels who popularized the warm images of Flemish daily life scenes through his work, and the Baroque artist Rubens. But even before these masters entered the scene, the earliest Flemish inhabitants invented oil painting, and made a priceless contribution to world culture.

In the field of architecture, Belgium wasn’t too far behind either. Belgium was one of the fountainheads of the Art Nouveau architecture movement of the 17th century, headed by the revolutionary designer Henri van de Velde.

Be it the delicate handmade lace made in the interiors of Belgium or the exquisite hand blown crystal tableware of Brussels, arts and crafts to delight the visitor are alive as ever. Antwerp, is the worlds leading center for diamond cutting and local artisans today churn out some of the most exquisitely cut pieces for sale as well as exhibition.

You may also want to delve into the colours and sounds of Belgium’s many festivals, such as the three day Binch carnival held just before Lent which is a thriving tradition even today, and involves much dance and merry making.

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