Carolus Fesrival Brussels

One of the most ancient festivities in Brussels, known as the Ommegang, will take place on Tuesday 2 and Thursday 4 July 2013.

As was the case last year, VISITBRUSSELS is offering an exceptional combined ticket: a special occasion menu served in the sumptuous underground galleries of Coudenberg and the Ommegang
spectacular…A gastronomic event not to be missed!

In old Flemish, Ommegang means literally “go around.” This celebration is the oldest historical evocation of Brussels. Stretching back to the 15th century, it was originally a procession of gratitude for Our Lady of the Sablon. 

Since 1549, it commemorates the Joyous Entry of Charles V.  Nowadays, the re-enactment of the celebration organised in his honour brings together no fewer than 1,400 extras, 38 folkloric and historical groups, 40 horses, a travelling puppet theatre and 9 giants (the Archangel Saint Michael, Saint Gudule, Bayard the horse, etc.).

A period-style menu will be served on 2 and 4 July from 6 pm to 8 pm in the underground galleries of Coudenberg (85,00 € p.p.). After the meal and a tour of the galleries, participants will be invited to attend the opening of the festivities.

The Ommegang procession will start at 8:00 PM sharp on the Place Royale and head for the Grand Place where, one hour later, the festivities will be continued.

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