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The Cinquantenaire was built around 1880 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Kingdom of Belgium. It was not completed in time for the Jubilee but was finished in time for the World Exhibition in 1897. At the parks entrance stands the colossal Arc du Cinquantenaire reaching up to a hieght of 45 metres and stretching outwards at a width of 60 metres. The Arc's design is Neo Classical, it is crowned by a four horse charriot which represents Brabant raising the National Flag. Its walls are faced with Mosiacs and flanked by twin colonnades. The complex also houses three museums, we didn't visit any this time but did see the beautiful buildings which house them. The sun was shining and the surrounding Jubilee Park with its wide open green space claimed my attention
- Arts and Culture
Firstly let me tell you what my guide book said about Parc Leopold "a some what bedraggeled park once the home to the city zoo, a function it still performs today albeit for semi caged Eurocrats in search of some space" Well we didn't see any Eurocrats here but if it hadn't been a weekend we probably would have given its close proximity to the European Union. Bedraggeled it certainly was not. Parc Leopold, like most of the parks we visited in the city, was small but very beautiful. We spent some time sitting by the little lake enjoying the fine weather, relaxing a while in some green space and watching the ducks constantly in search of food. The park is quite hilly but lots of benches line the paths so you can take a seat before continuing your stroll around. We didn't have one but it is the perfect place for a picnic.
- Arts and Culture
Located close to the ultra modern European district, the Leopold Park is an oasis of green in the heart of Etterbeek. Little suggests that this place have a prestigious past.
Originally property of the family (noble) Eggevoort, it was sold in 1851 to the Royal Society of Zoology. Mismanagement in the handling of animals leads quickly to bankruptcy. The city of Brussels bought in 1876. The State ad a former convent converted into a museum of natural history on . In 1880 (50 years of independence) that the called Leopold (name of the 2 first kings of Belgium at the time)
In the early twentieth century, industrials (Solvay Warocquier) and bankers to create a science park. Is still witness today the dental laboratory analysis Warocquier, but for sure the prestigious Solvay Library (worth a visit!)
Situé à deux pas du quartier Européen ultra moderne, le parc Léopold est une oasis de verdure au coeur d'Etterbeek. Peu laisse à penser que cet endroit est issu d'un passé prestigieux.
A l'origine propriété de la famille (de nobles) Eggevoort, il est vendu en 1851 à la Société royale de zoologie. Une mauvaise gestion dans l'entretien des animaux amène rapidement la faillite. La ville de Bruxelles rachète en 1876. L'état y adjoint l'ancien couvent et le transforme en musée d'histoire naturelle. C'est en 1880 (50 ans d'indépendance) qu'on le dénomme Léopold (nom des 2 premier rois de Belgique à l'époque)
Au début du Vingtième siècle, des industriels (Solvay, Warocquier) et des banquiers y créent un parc scientifique. En est encore témoin aujourd'hui le laboratoire d'analyse dentaire Warocquier, mais surtout la prestigieuse bibliothèque Solvay (vaut la visite !)
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
Visit the Resurrection Chapel
Many visitors are surprised by the presence of this small chapel amidst the giantic builings that house the European institutions. Although it was built in the early XX century, we have to go well back in the time to know about its origins.
In the Middle Ages, there used to be a synagogue near what is now the Gare centrale where, according to the legend a miraculous deed occurred: the jews had stolen some consecrated hosts from a nearby church and took them to that synagogue, where they decided to stab them. To their total fear, the hosts started to bleed and the judes escaped in horror. The synagogue was subsequently abandonned and, in order to exorsice the cursed temple, it was decided to replace it by an expiatory chapel. That is how the Resurrection Chapel was born. Next to it, a Neo-Gothic red brick church was built in the XIX century.
The reason why these buildings stand now in the middle of the Quartier Léopold is simple: they were expropriated by the Belgian state in order to renovate the area of the Mont des Arts and the religious community who inhabited them decided to build an exact replica on their present location. As it often happens in Belgium, it took many years before the older buildings were finally demolished, so for several decades Brussels had two exact copies of the same building in two different locations.
Relax at the Leopold Park
Just in the heart of an area which is often described as cold and lifeless, the Leopold Park provides a small patch of greenery to the Quartier Léopold. It has pleasantly landscaped gardens and a large pond with plenty of fauna of the winged type.
The park is small but offers a lot of calm and excellent views of some of the most important EU buildings including the Parliament and the Council.
The Neo-Gothic Leopold Monument lies directly in line about 1km away from the Chateau Royal in Parc Laeken. It stands as the focus of the park complex and layout and honours Leopold I (1790-1865), the first king of the Belgians. His niece was our Queen Victoria.
- Historical Travel
Parc Leopold lies near the European Parliment building, east of the city centre. It occupies part of the grounds of an old estate and features a nice lake which was once part of the Maelbeek river which was covered over in the 19th century for hygiene reasons.
- National/State Park
In the middle of the 'Rue Royal , Koningsstraat'
you can see the 'Congresskolom'
On top of this monument , looking over the area ,
stands 'Leopold I' The first king of Belgium.
He ruled from 21 july 1831till 10 december 1865.
It was his 'megalomanical' son that erected this
monument. 'Leopold II' had a big impact on
Brussels. He dreamed of a important ,
beautifull city. No effort was too much for him.
With money partly gained from the colony Congo...
He smacked down huge parts of Brussels ,
did big building works , to dispel the proletariat
and to attract the richer upper class back in.
The six kilometers long road from the
'palace of justice' to the royal palace in
Laken is a result of those big plans.
Along the way there also had to be nice buildings
The 'congresskolom' is one of them.
Two big lions resting at its feed.
A promenade behing the pilar with an
excellent vieuw over hte city.
The monument for the 'unknown soldier'
was added later. Of course.
Have a look at our eternal flame.
The Leopold Park is a nice little park with a pond and some beautiful buildings among which the magnificent Solvay Library. Did you know that the park was a former Zoo? Brussels no longer has a zoo nowadays.