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Mr Monkey in the Grand Place

"The Flemish call it the Broodhuis, you know"

Mr Monkey looking at the Maison de Roi Mr Monkey looking at the west corner of the Grand Place

The major building on the west side of the square is the Maison du Roi. This was built in 1536, directly opposite the Hotel de Ville, by the king of Spain who wanted to show everyone who was boss after he'd captured the city. No royals ever lived in this palace, but their tax gatherers did, which was probably worse. The main claim to fame of the buildings to the right of the Maison du Roi is that Victor Hugo lived in one for a bit. Mr Monkey was fascinated by the strangely thin green men prancing around the roof of the Maison du Roi.

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