Belgium has been marked since before the Middle Ages by the presence of women who were beyond their time and who went down in history despite all the inconveniences and stumbles they encountered along the way.
What would Belgium be without the role of women in beer, in the Burgundy court, in Freemasonry, in religion, in both world wars or in the comic world?
Brussels, as a center of political and economic interest since the 12th century, will be the host of a story that speaks up about the advancement of women and that mixes the past, the present and the future. From the 14th century Brabant power to the “red queen” of the 20th century, women have played an important role in the different courts, so much so that they even provoked wars of succession in the past. Without going any further, the current heiress to the Belgian throne is, by legal right and for the first time in the Belgian modern age, a woman.
In traditions, it is difficult to set aside the history of religions: Brussels citizens have been praying to a male saint and a female saint, in equal parts and since time immemorial, enough to dedicate their cathedral to both of them. At the end of the 19th century, the pressure of women in the field of beliefs was such that the Guardians of the Holy Sepulchre had to admit also female Guardians, who continue with their role to this day, and where the female Masons would also join after.
But the tour will also focus on the current debates that have been finding their way in Belgian society since the 1950s. From the evolution of the role of women in the labor market to their presence in the Federal Parliament, through the adoption of controversial laws between the 1990s and 2000s and that came to cause the “incapacitation” of King Baudouin himself. Without forgetting, of course, the importance of the current female authors and artists and the questions about the “red light district” of the capital of the European Union.
Itinerary of the visit:
- Mont des Arts and the world’s first movement of hostesses in events.
- The Royal Palace with the role of Belgian women in the monarchies.
- The female Freemasons of the Royal Park and the female Guardians of the Holy Sepulchre.
- Evolution of women in the Federal Parliament.
- The Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudule vs. controversial laws.
- From the Smurfette to the current movement of Belgian female authors in the Comic Museum.
- Martyrs Square and the role of Belgian women in the wars period.
- Brussels beguines.
- Prostitution in Brussels.
The Belgium heroines private tour pick up point
Mont des Arts in Brussels.
At the desired time
- Guided tour with English speaking guide.
Duration: +/-2,5 hours
Special prices per group up to 30 people ask us by email.
Languages: Spanish or English.
Please note: The tour involves some walking
Booking 24h in advance is necessary.
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