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Ommegang Brussels

From 01/07/2014 to 03/07/2014

Shows and theatre

The tradition of Ommegang, or procession in Flemish, goes back to 1348 in Brussels. Beatrice Soetkens had an appearance of the Virgin Mary asking her to take the miraculous statue of the Virgin in Antwerp. After a journey guided by God, she related her saga which was presented as a miracle. The statue took place in the Church of the Sablon so as to be worshiped. It was then promised that an annual procession would be organized to pay tribute to the Virgin.
Ommegang gradually lost its religious character. On 2 June 1549, the city of Brussels made a feast in honor of Charles V’s visit. That is why today the Ommegang has become a cultural festival which plunges Brussels in the history of Renaissance.
During the first three days of July, you will discover a real medieval village for free. Many activities are offered in the Royal Park of Brussels: fighting and equestrian jousting ... A medieval market will be held at the Agora and behind the Stock Exchange to provide visitors with traditional products. 
The procession organized for Charles V in 1549 will take shape through 1400 extras on 1 and 3 of July. The carriage of Charles V surrounded by musicians, guards, knights and dancers will leave the Royal Place to get to the Grand Place before the show scheduled at 9pm.
Finally, the lovers of food can buy a culinary passport with 5 tasting traditional recipes. Proposed by starred chefs, menu changes every day.
Useful Information:
Ommegang Brussels
Royal Park
Place des palais
1000 Bruxelles
Book your culinary passport on the Ommegang website.