Brussels Flower Carpet

Le Tapis de Fleurs de Bruxelles or Brussels Flower Carpet, build in Grand Place, takes place every 2 years in August. This was one of my favorite events ever and a precious memory. What an extraordinary feeling to be in that UNESCO heritage site – a beautiful square filled with flowers, and to notice a smell of begonias mixed with waffles and chocolate. The scent I associate with Brussels ever since.

This carpet is one of the most beautiful sights I saw. The best view of the square and giant flower carpet is from the balcony of the town hall.


The carpet was created for the first time in 1971 by a Belgian landscape architect Etienne Stautemas.

Last Carpet of Flowers was two years in August 2018 and it honored the relationishiop of Belgium with Mexico, and before that with Japan. This year the event was canceled for obvious reasons. But this means that the new Carpet of begonias could be happening next August.

My pictures are from 2014, when the city paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of Turkish immigrants. And I remember I organized my summer plans in order to be in Brussels to see the carpet at least once. And was worth it, I was welcomed from my holiday by the city with this view and was more beautiful than I imagined.

And last, one fun fact. The carpet 77 m x 24 m. is build by voluntereers in less than 4 hors and the event only lasts a few days because the nealy 1 million begonias can only stay beautiful this long.

Picture says it better.

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