Brussels is a modern European capital with very old roots. Established at the end of of the 10th century, there is unfortunately little evidence left of its long and storied history around the city.
When Belgium officially became a country in the 19th century, Brussels was named its capital, and many of the older buildings came down in favor of the construction of new public buildings befitting a capital city. That is not to say that there is nothing to see in Brussels. On the contrary!