Wearside's Penshaw Monument has been transformed this evening as a mark of solidarity in the wake of today's terrorist attacks in Belgium.
The landmark was lit in Belgium's colours as dusk fell, painting it black, yellow and red to represent the Belgian tri-color national flag.
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson said: "It has been truly shocking to watch the events unfolding in Brussels today.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the explosions and with the emergency services who worked so tirelessly to rescue them.
"As part of the International community it is important that Sunderland shows its sympathy and continuing support to all those in Belgium and across the world affected by these terrible attacks.
"We hope that lighting up one of our most iconic landmarks the Penshaw Monument will help symbolise that support, and provide a focal point for people’s tributes to those in Brussels."
The flag at Sunderland Civic Centre has also been flying at half-mast today.