picture from Internet
It was raised by a crane and placed in one of the three 2 m deep wells beneath the cobblestones of the Grand'Place. It was finally standing around 8 am .
picture from internet
The tree is 18.3 meters (59 ft) high and was chosen by the Mayor of Riga. It had been cut last Friday in Latvian forests and left Latvia on Saturday to be transported over 2000 km (1243 miles) by water to the port of Travemünde in Germany and from there with a special convoy to Antwerp and then to Brussels.
Usually the Brussels' Christmas trees come from the Walloon Region, but this year, the city of Riga was the "European Capital of Culture 2014", and therefore wanted to offer a Christmas tree to the capital of Europe. "It's a wonderful symbol for Latvia to close this year of European culture with a Christmas tree in Brussels" the mayor said.
The tree will be decorated with silver symbols created by a decorator of Latvia as cultural heritage of this country.
Some 7,000 twinkling lights and 10,000 white lights will be installed on the tree.
Of course this made me curious and I went there on Saturday afternoon to see this event "life"
The place was packed with people who had the same idea as I !
Not so easy to decorate a Christmas tree of this height !
At the same time the crèche was built
The firs lay packed on the ground they will be put around the creche and carpenters covered the roof with straw.
One side was almost finished.
Leaving the Grand'Place I saw Christmas decorations already hanging a little everywhere
and over the streets
Just outside the place was a little market with handmade things, ideal to find an original Christmas gift.
At least this year we will have a beautiful Christmas tree, which will attract lots of tourists. The official opening is next weekend on November 28. (here is a link to the Christmas market 2010)
The Christmas tree in 2012 was a strange thing made out of boxes (Christmas tree 2012) It caused almost riots ! There were so many protests not only from the Belgians but also from other countries that the city decided to dismantle this thing before New Years Eve, there had been threats to burn that thing down ! People wanted a classical Christmas tree and not a modern monster. I wrote about it here : The End of the Christmas tree 2012
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