BrusselsKingdom of Belgium
Member of the LHC since 1994
Brussels was founded in 979 and quickly grew to become a place of commercial and political powers. Early on, the city became renowned throughout Europe for its scarlet-colored wool and its richly adorned tapestries. Though Brussels was damaged by the Second World War, it remains one of Europe's most beautiful cities and continues to remain as an influential force in the European Community.