What is Belgian Block?

Belgian Block is a generic term used to describe HUGE blocks of stone, having little or no affiliation with Belgium itself.

These extremely large rectangles or nearly cubical blocks of stone can be upwards of 10 to 12” in length and height. They are typically made of granite and used for paving, borders and a wide variety of landscaping projects. The term Belgian Block may have some historical connection to when European ships set sail from ports such as Antwerp, in search of goods to trade. Large blocks of stone were used as ballast for ships that were too light. The ships belly would be filled with goods purchased, then the blocks of stone would be left behind and often used for street paving, with U.S. port cities such as Boston, New York, Charleston benefitting. The term has simply stuck, with today’s very large granite cobblestone style blocks being referred to as Belgian Block.

For many driveways and yards, Belgian Block may be exactly what you need to create a memorable impression for your home. As driveway edging or curbing, for example, Belgian Block can set the field up for a stunning effect. It can also be installed for the driveway surface itself. They can even be used as a building block for pillars or wall caps. Installed properly they will add curb appeal for the life of your home!

If you’re searching for Belgian Block, let Monarch Stone International introduce you to authentic reclaimed large cobblestones imported from Europe! These genuine granite cobblestones vary in size from 5″ wide x 9″ long with even larger sizes available. Visit our cobblestone page and give us a call to discuss your driveway or landscaping project today!