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The four town houses designed by Victor Horta, the architect to initiate the Art Nouveau style, are inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Belgium. These four, namely the Hôtel Tassel, Hôtel Solvay, Hôtel van Eetvelde and Maison & Atelier Horta are all located in Brussels, and are considered some of the most outstanding pioneering works of architecture at the end of the 19th century. They were inscribed during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee when it met in Cairns, Australia, from 27 November to 2 December, 2000.

The nomination described the town houses as works of human creative genius, representing the highest expression of the influential Art Nouveau style in art and architecture. The town houses of Victor Horta in Brussels bear exceptional witness to the radical new approach of Art Nouveau in the closing years of the 19th century, brilliantly illustrating the transition from the 19th to the 20th century in art, thought and society.

Photos of Town Houses of Victor Horta

Hotel Tassel, Brussels, Belgium
Hotel Tassel, Brussels, Belgium
Author: Lin Mei (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Hotel Tassel, Interior
Hotel Tassel, Interior
Author: Henry Townsend (public domain)

Hotel Solvay, Brussels
Hotel Solvay, Brussels
Author: Guillaume Bokiau (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Hotel van Eetvelde, Brussels
Hotel van Eetvelde, Brussels
Author: François BERNARDIN (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

House and workshop of architect Victor Horta
House and workshop of architect Victor Horta
Author: François BERNARDIN (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

Staircase at Horta Museum
Staircase at Horta Museum
Author: Jtesla16 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

What to See in Town Houses of Victor Horta

  1. Hôtel Tassel is at Rue Paul-Emile Janson No. 6. It was designed and built in 1893, at a time when wrought iron was not used for family dwelling.
  2. Hôtel Solvay is at Avenue Louise 224.
  3. Hôtel van Eetvelde is at Avenue Palmeston 4
  4. House and Workshop is today the Horta Museum, at Rue Américaine 25.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 50 49 41.016 E 4 21 44.028
Inscription Year: 2000
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, IV

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Visiting Town Houses of Victor Horta

Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is Brussels. From there you can make the arrangement to visit the town houses of Victor Horta as well as other sights in Belgium. Get a full list of hotels in Brussels here.

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