Brussels is the administrative heart of the European Union and the Espace Léopold buildings are where parliament meets throughout the year to debate and discuss the future of Europe. The main building of the European Parliament complex is the Paul-Henri Spaak building, an impressive glass structure with a distinctive arched roof, it’s been nicknamed "Caprice des Dieux" (whim of the gods) after a similarly shaped French cheese.
The hemicycle is where parliament debates; it seats the 736 Members of the parliament, numerous translators and a gallery for the general public. The semicircular shape is designed to encourage consensus among the political parties.
There are a number of interesting works of art on public view including May Claerhout’s sculptureEuropa,which has become a favorite among tourists.
European Parliament Tours
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- Brussels Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
- The Grand Brussels Experience Coach Tour
- Cool Guided Brussels BikeTour
- Brussels Super Saver: Brussels Sightseeing Tour and Antwerp Half-Day Trip
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