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For half a century, this palatial art deco building was a busy rendezvous, but then the mills shut down and Roubaix fell into decline.

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Opened in 1884 and still going strong a century later, Leipzig Spinnerei was one of Germany largest cotton mills. Comprising 20 brick buildings spread over a ten hectare site, it had its own kindergarten and gymnasium, even its own fire brigade.

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However, since it closed in 1993 the site has been colonised by artists. When celebrated German artist Neo Rauch established a studio here it cemented the Spinnerei reputation as an exciting creative space. Today the complex houses numerous galleries Canada Goose Parka and workshops, which attract countless visitors. You can even stay the night.

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Belgium is famous for its beer, so it seems fitting that its leading gallery of buy canada goose jacket contemporary art is in a former brewery. The Wielemans Ceuppens brewery opened in Brussels in 1931. It was a futuristic high rise pile, built of battleship grey concrete and designed by Belgian modernist architect Adrien Canada Goose sale Blomme, who also built Brussels Midi train station.

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