Saint-Gilles is a commune that has had a major facelift over the past decade and a half.
A commune with a very diverse population, Saint-Gilles has been renovated and reappraised over the past decade and a half, thanks to a determined policy of rejuvenation.


Located in south-central Brussels, Saint-Gilles is a commune spread over 2.5 square kilometres with two very different faces. The well-to-do, elegant neighbourhoods in the upper reaches of the commune are home to majestic private houses in every architectural style fashionable at the beginning of the last century, especially art nouveau. The home of Victor Horta is now a museum that welcomes over 25,000 visitors a year.

The presence of Brussels-Midi train station in the lower part of the commune has resulted in massive redevelopment, especially since the arrival of the high-speed rail link.

Half-way between these two parts is the square in front of Saint-Gilles church, which hosts a daily market in a colourful, picturesque setting.

Close to the Forest Park, the creation of public spaces has produced a green corridor extending from Paulus Park to Rue de l'Hôtel des Monnaies. Over the past fifteen years its public space has been redeveloped through a determined communal and regional policy. Together with the renovation of many buildings throughout the area, new pavements, lighting and trees have helped improve the image of the neighbourhoods.

Key figures

Statistical overview of the commune of Saint-Gilles

(Source: Institut Bruxellois de Statistique et d'Analyse - IBSA)

General contact details of the communal administration

Place Maurice Van Meenen 39, 1060 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 536 02 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 536 02 02
Online: (FR/NL)

Police zone 5341 (Midi)

Saint-Gilles is part of police zone Midi: Anderlecht – Saint-Gilles – Forest.


Rue Fernand Bernier 40, 1060 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 600 54 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 600 54 19
Online: (FR/NL)