Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels

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    Cinquantenaire & museums

    by roamer61 Updated May 24, 2005

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    Dominated by a central double arch, it was built in 1880 by King Leopold commemorating the 50th anniversary of the independence of Belgium. It is flanked by a couple of museums. One on Archeaology and the others on Military History.

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    The Cinquantenaire

    by Marie-Claude Written Jan 24, 2005

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    This is a very nice park with a beautiful arc in the middle with a huge flag. This is a place where all the people come to party for the Belgium's day and for the special events. There is a concentration of 3 museums: The Army museum, the Autoworld and the Art and History museum. This is worth the detour :D

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  • The Cinquantenaire

    by MiguelPS2112 Updated Dec 21, 2004

    The Cinquantenaire is similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It is not as big as the one in Paris but can be seen from a distance in neighbouring areas. The Cinquantenaire is made up to three arches compared to one in Paris. The Cinquantenaire also has two museums on its sides. The Automobile Museum and the War Museum. The Automobile Museum has a beautiful selection of old cars. The war museum has different sections on battles and wars from a couple hundred years ago to wars in the 20th century. Its also a big park where you can go for a walk, its a beautifull area

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    Jubelpark/Parc du Cinquantenaire

    by irisbe Written Nov 2, 2004

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    on top of the thriump gallery

    The roof is the limit!
    Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark is a complex of several musea.
    It was built to commemorate the 50 year of independence of Belgium by Leopold II.
    Here you have a plenitude of museums. When we had our 30th November 2003 meeting in Brussels, Norali and Peter_P took us up the roof of the Triumph gallery.

    If you enter the army museum, you just need to go to the left around the corner, take the elevator and a few stairs up and you have a remarkable look over the roofs of Brussels near this park.

    What is even more interesting is that it is free!
    So why wouldn’t you go?



    Do you recognize all the VT members on this picture?

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    Jubelpark musea/ Parque Cinquantenaire

    by irisbe Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    museum at Jubelpark

    Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark is a complex of several musea.
    It was built to commemorate the 50 year of independence of Belgium by Leopold II.
    Here you have a plenitude of museums. When we had our 30th November 2003 meeting in Brussels, Norali and Peter_P took us to the exhibition of Vietnam. Very interesting.
    Helas… we were not allowed to take any pictures inside the museum.



    Although Flemis and French are mostly spoken, this website is not in German, our third official national language, neither is it in English nor Spanish, languages managed by many foreigners.
    It is a shortcoming I believe and an example of narrow minded behaviour. If Brussels wants to be metropolitan, then it should act like it!

    At least I hope you can try to find out what the website is about and how to retrieve the information needed about the exhibitions.
    So traveler and German speaking compatriot, accept my apologize for the ignorance of some Belgians, they should know better.

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    Arch du Cinquantenaire

    by SMGsBoyToy Written Sep 28, 2004
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    For the 50th anniversary of Belgian independence in 1880, King Leopold II commissioned the creation of this park and its grandiose triumphal arch.

    Today, you can visit some of its museums, Autoworld and the Jubelpark Museum, or you can rest on the plush lawn and admire the solemn manor houses. The Great Mosque and the Temple of Human Passions (Victor Horta's first monument) can also be found here.

    Every year on July 21st, on the occasion of National Festival Day, there is an evening fireworks display. Jubelpark is an idyllic spot for everyone.

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    Park of the Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark

    by ptitetoile Updated Apr 14, 2004

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    This park is situated on a site formely used for military manoeuvres.
    It was created in 1880 for the National Fair held for the fiftieth anniversary of Belgiums independency. In the parc, you will find the Museum of Fine Arts and History, the Royal Museum for Army and Military History and Autoworld, the vehicle museum.
    Now the parc is a very pleasant place to relax, enjoy the sun and spend some time with friends !!!!!

    More pictures and infos in the Cinquantenaire travelogue

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    MUSEUM-Parc Du Cinquantenaire

    by belgianchocolate Updated Apr 8, 2004

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    Only for architecturale reasons I wished
    we had more kings like 'Leopold II'.
    The'Leopold II'-page is rather black in our
    history book because of the cruelty in
    the Kongo-Kolony.
    So I'm only talking about the architecture.

    When Belgium turned 50 years old he
    ordered 2 gigantic halls for the national
    exposition.

    One of the halls contains 'Autoworld'.
    And if you like old cars you definitely shouldn't
    miss out on this museum.
    It contains one of the world most precious ,
    prestigious and beautiful collections of cars
    from 1886 till 1970.

    Have a look at http://www.autoworld.be/
    A nice website in English , French and Dutch.

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    Parc du Cinquantenaire

    by blueangel Written Mar 30, 2004

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    this park was built to commemorate the independence of Belgium and is a quiet and relaxing way to spend your afternoons... i love sitting on the grass and watching dogs run around...mini football matches...basking in the sun...one of my favourite places in Brussels:)

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    The Cinquantenaire park

    by filipdebont Updated Mar 22, 2004

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    Jubel Park

    Whenever you keep on following the Wetstraat, you came in a beautiful park, The Cinquantenaire Park (Jubel Park).

    It is kind of a quiet park which surrounds a big palace, where the two wings are connected with a big Arcade.

    There is even a small tower in the park. When I did post this tip, I did not knew the historical background of this tower. But the answer to this mystery came already the next morning, thanks to our good friend Norali, who told me that this was The Tour de Tournai (Tower of Tournai / Doornik), built to highlight the possible uses of Tournai stone. (thank you very much, Norali)

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    the Palais du Cinquantenaire

    by tompt Written Jan 7, 2004

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    Arc de Triomphe

    In the parc du Cinquantenaire you will find this arch.
    The buildings wings house the Royal Art and History Museum, Army and Military Museum and Autoworld Museum.

    The arch was planned for the world exhibition of 1880, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Belgian Kingdom, but took a long time to finish. In 1880 only the basis of the colons had been constructed. During the exhibition the rest of the arch was completed with wooden panels. Government considered it to expensive to finish. Private funding (the king) made sure the arch was finally completed by 1905, just in time for the 75th anniversary of the Belgian independence.
    The monument was then also crowned with a statue representing the province of Brabant. The other 8 provinces were symbolized by statues at the foot of the columns.

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    The arch of the Palais du Cinquantenaire

    by MATIM Updated Jan 2, 2004

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    On top of the Arch you have a beautiful view on the park that lies in front of the Arch.
    At the other side you can find the militairy-, historical-,royal art- and autoworldmuseum.
    I am sorry this picture is a bit dark, it was very cloudy, fortunatly the rain stayed away that day.
    At the next picture you see a postcard of the arch

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    Parc du Cinquantenaire

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 6, 2003

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    View from the top

    Go on top of the arch. From here, you'll have a great view of the park and surroundings. You can reach the top by entering the Army and Military Museum. You don't need to pay when you only go up. In the left corner, you will find the elevator that takes you up to the top of the Arch.

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    Cinquantenaire

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 6, 2003

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    Cinquantenaire

    With its imposing arch, park and museums, the Cinquantenaire is a great place to visit.
    The Arch and museums were built in the late 19th century and were originally designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Belgian Kingdom, hence the name cinquantenaire (cinquant means 50 in French).
    The Arcade is 30 metres deep and topped by the chariot and four horses of "Brabant raising the national flag". The wings of the building house the Royal Art and History Museum, Army and Military Museum and Autoworld Museum.

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    The Cinquantenaire

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 15, 2003

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    The Cinquantenaire is a smaller version of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and it can be seen from neighbouring areas. This version has three arches compared to Paris’ one. There are also two museums on the sides, the Automobile Museum and the War Museum.

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