Coudenberg Palace, Brussels

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Place des Palais 7, 1000 Ville de Bruxelles +32 2 500 45 54

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    Coudenberg and Belvue museums,Brussels

    by gwened Written Jan 3, 2013

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    the former palace of Bruxelles.now the museum belVue is next to it,and you enter thru it, we went by it and it might be a good idea to see the old stones of the old palace.
    tourist office here
    http://visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/monument/723/coudenberg-former-palace-of-brussels.do
    and the museum of belvue
    http://www.belvue.be/en

    both can be seen together.

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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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    Relax in the Park of Brussels

    by DanielF Updated Feb 22, 2007

    The Park of Brussels is the main green lung of the historical area in Brussels and, as impossible as it may appear, it used to be a hunting terrain belonging to the former Coudenberg palace. But, after all, that is the case with many other royal parks in European capitals.

    In any case, the Park of Brussels, or Warande, is relatively small, but has several monumental gates and beautifully laid down gardens, decorated with fountains and Neo-classical sculptures.

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    Palais des Congres

    by ZiOOlek Written Jun 14, 2006

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    The Palais des Congres was inaugurated in 1958 for the World Fair. The complex of this Palace tells three buildings and is organised around the gardens of the Albertine, the Musées des Beaux Arts and the Musée des Instruments de Musique. It is the place for all round events with for example the Foire du livre (Book Fair).

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    Coudenberg

    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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    Archeological site of the Coudenberg

    by cadzand Written Jun 9, 2003

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    Next to the Royal Palace is the entrance of the Hotel Bellevue which leads to the vestiges of the palace of Charles V. The hotel was erected on the site of the ancient castle of the Counts of Louvain, and later the Dukes of Brabant, Lords of Brussels, who set up on this natural elevation called Coudenberg in the 11th or 12th centuries. The site was embellished from reign to reign, until under the Dukes of Burgundy, it had taken on the appearance of a veritable princely palace. Philip the Good had his Stateroom (Aula Magna) constructed there and Emperor Charles V erected the magnificent chapel where, according to tradition, he abdicated in 1555. The splendour of the court of Archdukes Albert and Isabel further enhanced the site before it passed to the Hapsburg of Austria. It was destroyed by fire in 1731. The vestiges of this prestigious architectural monument under Place Royale, have recently been excavated and fitted out for exhibition. They constitute a particularly impressive network of caves, halls, and vaulted chambers.

    Open from Tuesday to Sunday
    from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (April to September)
    from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (October to March)
    Closed on: 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, and 25 December
    Guided tours on request
    Telephone: +32-(0)2-545 08 00
    Fax: +32-(0)2-502 46 23
    E-mail: bellevue@kbs-frb.be

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