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Admire the Palace of the Nation
The opposition of the monumental façades of the Royal Palace and the Palace of the Nation (current home of the Belgian Parliament) on both sides of the Royal Park of Brussels constitutes one of the best achieved urban designs in Brussels.
The building of the Palace of the Nation predates the Royal Palace and was conceived during the period when Belgium made part of the Austrian Empire to host the Sovereign Council of Brabant (which previously sat on the King's House on the Market Square). This was the highest judicial and administrative instance at the time. Hence the sculptural group presided by the Justice on its frontispiece.
When the Ancien Régime fell down, the building had different uses and part of it was even used as a tourism hotel, until it got its current occupation after the independence of Belgium in 1831.
Today, it hosts both the Senate and the Chamber of Representatives, as well as the Community Councils.
I am not aware of the possibility of tours inside the building, but the sight of its façade from the park is well worth. And it is even recommendable to walk around the building and watch the small backyard and its pretty fountain.
Palais de la Nation
The Palais de la Nation lies at the opposite side of Parc de Bruxelles from the Palais Royal in Upper Town. It was designed by French architect Barnabe Guimard and built in 1783 and restored in 1883 after a fire. Since 1831, it has been the home of both chambers of the Belgian Parliament.
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Palace of the Nation
Not very far from Royal palace, the Palace of the Nation or the Belgian Parliament is located. It was constructed in seventeenth century for the purpose of Council Brabant but after the independence in 1830, it got the recognition as the parliament house. It is busy most of the time as Belgium is a very democratic country.
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