The Marolles you can compare a little with Jordan in Amsterdam, a popular neighborhood that gradually loses its original popular character and slowly but surely moving towards a more trendy area.
At the end of the 14th century, when the city began to burst at the seams and it was obliged to extend beyond the first wall, a second wall was built. Now Marollen it belonged to the city.
In the second half of the 19th century Palais de Justice was built on the Galgenberg. For this prestigious project of Leopold II thousand houses were expropriated and had to yield 60.000 Marolliens. The anger of the population turned against the architect Joseph Poelaert. Since then, the epithet ?? Skieven architek ?? connected to the Marolliens. A café with the same name to the Fox Square reminds the visitor.
When it was late sixties-early seventies, wanted to expand the courthouse and there again was a danger to palms in a piece of the Marolles, there was a resistance movement that eventually failed to avert the danger. The extension was moved to the Louise district.
From 1974 were started several pilot projects for renovation of the district each were delayed so that both King Baudouin and King Albert II were forced to visit the class area in order to bring back shot into the case.
As a result of the rise in prices of housing and speculation of antique dealers of the Sablon moved increasingly affluent citizens to the district. In addition to the antique dealers have also opened stores for interior decoration and trendy restaurants open their doors. Typical of the failed policies of the government was the renovation project to the Jeu de Balle by Annemie Neyts put in motion, in which an old building into a building with social apartments has been transformed, but because ordinary people could not afford those apartments settled there only people high income such as lawyers and the like ??
Since there are now also advertising agencies in the Marolles established and even Olivier Strelli has opened its headquarters, it is obvious that the class character of the district continues to be further reduced.
Furthermore, you've got the Chapelle church with the tomb of Pieter Brueghel the Elder, the Minimes Church St. Peter's Hospital, the old building of the coffee roasting Jacqmotte typical Brussels cafés as ?? The Goudblommeke of paper ??, many medieval houses with stepped gables and narrow alleys and of course everything or anything that has to do with the poverty that so characterizing the district: the Mountain of Mercy, the last pawnshop in the country, the wonderful social area ?? Cité Hellemans ?? and numerous shelters and organizations for the poor and homeless, whose Poverello is best known.
Those interested in comics found at various places in the district facades with beautiful drawings of famous cartoon characters such as Mercury and Flupke, Boule and Bill, and so more.
The Marolliens you will still back on the street name signs. Besides the official street name is listed, the original name.
The Marolles: the working-class district of Brussels