Bortier Gallery

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thumb The Galerie Borthier, Galerie Bortier (French) or Bortiergalerij (Dutch) in Brussels is a shopping arcade designed by Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer. It was constructed in 1847 and opened in the following year. It is situated in the centre of the City of Brussels between the Mont des Arts / Kunstberg and the Grand Place / Grote Markt not far from the more monumental Royal Galleries of Saint-Hubert.

Originally the mall was a part of the Marché de la Madeleine / Magdalenamarkt complex, a covered market also built by Cluysenaer. The façade at the rue de la Madeleine / Magdalenasteenweg in a Flemish baroque style antedates the construction of the mall behind it. This front was recuperated from an old town house built on that site in the 18th-century.

Today the mall mostly houses bookshops and art galleries.