Ommegang listed on UNESCO's Cultural Heritage List

On 11 December 2019, UNESCO registered the Ommegang on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This list aims at a better protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide. The Ommegang is a historical procession which gathers thousands of spectators each year on the Grand-Place of Brussels.

History of the Ommegang

In the Middle Ages, the Ommegang was a religious procession. The name means 'go round a church'. The people of Brussels chose the parade as major event for the reception of emperor Charles the Fifth in 1549, who came to present his son, the future Philippe II, to our regions. Since 1930 this tradition is renewed. Each year, during two days in July, more than 1.400 participants march through the streets of Brussels and on the Grand-Place to remember this major event of the city.

Next video shows the trailer of the 2019 Ommegang (the video contains no dialogue or text, only a background music):

More info

More info on the website of the UNESCO:

In 2020, the Ommegang will be held on Wednesday 1 July and Friday 3 July:

Created on 12/12/2019 (modified on 12/12/2019)


Ommegang listed on UNESCO's Cultural Heritage List