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25, rue Americaine


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Art lovers should not pass up the chance to see where Victor Horta – one of the founders of the art nouveau movement – lived and worked. The home, which was built between 1898 and 1901 features murals, stained glass and mosaics that are largely intact from its original construction. As you walk through, keep your eyes open for Horta's influences, from the wing-like skylights to the winding banisters to the overhead lights stemming down from the ceiling like vines.

Recent travelers said the museum is a must-see attraction for architecture aficionados, but warned that you cannot take photos inside the museum and that lines are sometimes long.

You can visit the Horta Museum, located in the Saint-Gilles district, Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost 10 euros (about $11) for adults. Guided tours can be booked by appointment one week in advance for an additional cost. For more information, check out the museum's website.

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