Ixelles

Belgium

Ixelles is one of the nineteen municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium. Ixelles is located in the suburbs towards the south of Brussels’ city centre and is geographically bisected by the City of Brussels.

It is generally considered an affluent area of the city and is particularly noted for its communities of European and Congolese immigrants. In common with all of Brussels’ municipalities, it is legally bilingual (French–Dutch).

CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
French Community
RegionBrussels
ArrondissementBrussels
Government
 • MayorDominique Dufourny
 • Governing party/iesMR, PS, sp.a
Area
 • Total6.34 km2 (2.45 sq mi)
Population 
 • Total86,513
 • Density14,000/km2 (35,000/sq mi)

Ixelles is known for its very heterogeneous population, its cultural offer and its many shops. 

Sights

  • The buildings of La Cambre Abbey house a renowned school for the visual arts, the National Geographic Institute, and various parish functions.
  • The Ixelles Ponds and Tenbosch Park are noted parks in the middle of the municipality.
  • The Streamline Moderne building on Eugène Flagey Square, formerly known as the Maison de la Radio, used to house the Belgian National Institute of Radio Broadcasting.
  • The Résidence de la Cambre, the first high-rise building in Brussels, on Boulevard Général Jacques/Generaal Jacqueslaan, is another notable Art Deco building.
  • Ixelles was a centre of Art Nouveau architecture in the first decades of the 20th century. Several Art Nouveau houses built by Victor Horta are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and some of them can be visited.
  • The three Brussels universities—Université libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Saint-Louis University—have campuses in Ixelles. As a result, the southeast part of the municipality is home to a large number of students.
  • Ixelles Cemetery is one of the most important cemeteries in the country as it contains the graves of a number of famous Belgian personalities. It was there, in 1891, that the French General Georges Boulanger, leader of the right-wing Boulangerists, committed suicide, on the tomb of his mistress, who had died a couple of months earlier.
  • Ixelles also houses several interesting churches and museums, including a fine-arts museum and the Constantin Meunier Museum established in the residence where the artist lived part of his life.

Events

Several fairs are organised in Ixelles, including the Spring Fair on Place Flagey, which takes place between the fourth and sixth Sunday after Easter, and the Boondael Fair at the end of July.

Education

The municipality of Ixelles hosts the establishments of the three Brussels universities: the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is headquartered there in its Etterbeek campus (although located in Ixelles), a campus shared with the Université libre de Bruxelles (campus de la Plaine). The University of Saint-Louis – Brussels is additionally located in the town, where is the Faculty of Translation and Interpretation Marie Haps .

Some of the educational establishments include the Old Royal Athenaeum and the Royal Athenaeum .

Contact

Commune d'Ixelles
email
address
chaussée d'Ixelles 168 1050 Bruxelles
phone
02 515 61 11