Saint-Gilles is a commune that has had a major facelift over the past decades.
Located in the heart of the European capital, Saint-Gilles is often referred to as a “village within the city”. It is above all one of the rare Brussels municipalities to have managed to preserve a historic building rich in different architectural styles. But it is also a 'village' with no less than 140 different nationalities.


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 thousands 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 market in a colourful, picturesque setting (from 9am to 1pm, except on Mondays).

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 years its public space has been redeveloped through a determined communal and regional policy. Together with renovation 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 (FR/NL)

(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
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
Online: (FR/NL)

Information updated on 6 January 2021

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