The huge Brussels Abattoir Market Hall was built on the site of the ancient livestock market. The animals were transported to and from the market by train. Cureghem was chosen because of its proximity to the canal and Brussels-West railway station. The market hall was designed by the Charleroi architect Emile Tiron, who was inspired by the La Villette market hall in Paris. Today it is the last visible part of a complex which includes the last surviving city-centre abattoir in Europe, in continuous use since 1890 and now surrounded by many other businesses. Each weekend, a large market is still held there. The redevelopment plans put forward by the siteâ€™s owner present major challenges for the poor district which surrounds it.
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