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Le Coudenberg: historical site in Brussels where the dukes of Brabant built their palace, thereby abandoning the city centre. People were drawn to the city quickly. In the 15th century it was a popular neighbourhood with Jews and different kinds of immigrants. In the 20th century, it was completely restructured, thereby losing its essence. Today it is a large centre of culture within a totally disfigured neighbourhood.
Popular historic neighbourhood in the heart of Brussels where immigrants have kept coming for centuries: Jews from Eastern Europe, Spaniards, Italians, Arabs, etc. It is well known for its strong personality, its multiculturalism and the solidarity of its inhabitants, the Maroliens. A part of its urban fabric vanished in the 19th century with the construction of the extraordinary Courthouse, and later when the northern and southern lines of the railway were joined. The traditional ""marché aux puces"" (flea market or second-hand market) of the capital is open every day in the Place du Jeu de Balle.