Above all, Saint-Gilles, is one of the rare Brussels communes to have succeeded in preserving a wealth of historical buildings of diverse architectural styles. It's also a village where no less than 130 nationalities rub elbows with each other. This multicultural mingling where no single community wins out over the others generates inestimable wealth for the commune.
A small and compactly-built commune, Saint-Gilles lives through its neighbourhoods, each of which has its own identity.  Multifaceted, the community is bursting with many other treasures and major galvanising events such as the multicultural festival on Place Bethléem or the "Artists' Route;" the stylish restaurants and chic shops on the Chausée de Charleroi and the "Louise" pedestrian zones; the Marché du Midi; the secondhand stores on Place Van Meenen, and even the remarkable buildings like the Hannon Hotel and the Horta Museum - so many contrasting elements that comprise the identity of a commune that is open to the world and marvelously embodies the pleasures of city life.