Brussels (French: Bruxelles, Dutch: Brussel, German: Brüssel) is the capital of Belgium. Its name comes from the old Dutch Broekzele, "home in the marsh." Brussels is officially bilingual (Dutch and French), but most residents speak French.
As the headquarters of the European Union and the political seat of NATO, modern Brussels has become the unofficial capital of Europe. This has brought a distinct cosmopolitan air and many shiny new office buildings to the city, but alongside all this modernity are the cobbled streets, splendid cafés, fresh mussels with fries, handmade lace, world-famous chocolate, local beers, and graceful Art Nouveau architecture that have long made Brussels great.
Brussels has a long and eventful history, during which it was ruled by everyone from the Romans to the Spanish to the Germans. In 1830, the Belgian Revolution erupted in Brussels, after which the first King of Belgium ascended the throne. Like many European cities, Brussels suffered significant damage from air strikes during World War II, but many historic structures remain. Follow a link below to learn more about the spiritual heritage of Brussels.