Brussels Grand Place is the heart of the Belgium and Europe capital. It is a masterpiece of gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture of Northwestern Europe. Most of the original houses built in the late middle-age and the renaissance time were destroyed during a bombardment of Brussels on order of the French king Louis XIV. Only some facades remain such as the Maison du Roi and the City Hall and its tower-belfry. Surrounding constructions were rebuilt by 1695 and represent the power of the guilds in town. Since 1998, the Grand-Place is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The square is today the heart of Brussels with numerous shops, cafes and restaurants. And best of all, it is the best place to take selfies and souvenir pictures posing in front of magnificent ancient houses.