Bortier Gallery

Brussels, Belgium

Bortier Gallery


The Bortier Gallery (French: Galerie Bortier, Dutch: Bortiergalerij) is a shopping arcade designed by Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer. It was constructed in 1847 and opened in the following year. It is situated in the centre of the City of Brussels between the Mont des Arts/Kunstberg and the Grand Place/Grote Markt, not far from the more monumental Royal Saint-Hubert Galleries. Proprietor is the City of Brussels and it is managed by its Land Administration services. The gallery is built in a Neo-Renaissance style and is a fine example of the joint use of cast iron and glass.

Originally, the mall was a part of the Marché de la Madeleine/Magdalenamarkt complex, a covered market also designed by Cluysenaer. The facade on the rue de la Madeleine in a Flemish baroque style antedates the construction of the mall behind it. This front dates from 1763 and was recuperated from the Hôtel des Grandes Messageries a town house situated at that site.

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