Egmont Palace, Brussels
Just behind the Square du Petit Sablon, the tourist will discover one of Brussels's most sumptuous palaces. It was built by the Earls of Egmont to become later the residence of the Dukes of Arenberg.
The palace has suffered several devastating fires and was purchased and rebuilt by the Belgian state after the fashion of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. Today it hosts the headquarters of the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The old residence of Egmont became the property of Arenberg family around the middle of XVIII century. After many changes, the State became proprietor in 1964. The edifices built around the main courtyard were designed by three architects at three different eras: Servandoni for the central wing in 1753 in classical style, T. - F. Suys for the left wing (1832 - 1835) and O. Flanneau for the right wing built at the beginning of XX century. after a fire destroyed the last gothic remainders of the palace.
As I did leave Le Petit Sablon Park at the rear side, there was a beautiful Palace.
It is really amazing how many beautiful old buildings there are in Brussels.
So behind the Petit Sablon Park, there is the Egmont Palace.
This was the palace of the Counts of Egmont. In the middle of the 18th century it became property of the Arenberg family. And since 1964 it is State property.