Coudenberg Palace, Brussels

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    Coudenberg Palace

    by zadunajska8 Written Aug 16, 2012

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    The Coudenberg Palace is an archeological site exploring the former royal palace of Brussels. It was an enormous medieval complex that stood on the site of the modern Place Royale from the 11th century until it burnt down in 1731.

    The palace acted as the seat of many of Europe's great rulers for centuries including Emperor Charles V who abdicated in the grand banquet hall (Aula Magna) in 1555.

    The now underground complex is accessed from the BELvue museum above and a combination ticket is available (€8) or the palace can be visted seperately (€5). When I visited on a Saturday morning in August it was surprisingly quiet - in fact I didn't see any other visitors - and this does make it seem a little bit spooky down below ground in the ruins.

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    • Castles and Palaces
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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    by Willettsworld Written Jun 11, 2006

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    The Coudenberg Palace overlooked Brussels from Coudenberg hill from the 11th to the 18th centuries. It was destroyed by fire during the night of 3rd/4th February 1731 and was subsequently pulled down and the ground flattened out for the construction of the new royal district. You can visit the foundations of the former palace and other buildings by going through a secruity door with an access code from the basement of the Belvue Museum. You're given a large guide book that you follow as you walk around underground through the archaeological remains of the main palace building, chapel, main banqueting hall (Aula Magna), kitchens and the former royal road, Rue Isabelle.

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    • Museum Visits
    • Archeology

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