Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels

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  • My grandfather on the Yser WW I.
    My grandfather on the Yser WW I.
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    Aviation hall.
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    Cinquantenaire arch and military museum.
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    A visit of the Musée de l'Armée is a must.

    by breughel Updated Jan 4, 2014

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    My grandfather on the Yser WW I.
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    Next to the monumental arch of the Cinquantenaire I highly recommend to visit the monumental building of the "Musée Royal de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire" (Military Museum).

    The start for the "Musée de l'Armée/Museum van het Leger" was the 1910 World Exhibition when a large number of military objects were collected here to give the visitor an idea of the history of Belgian armed forces in the 19th century.
    After World War I the collection grew considerably as well as after WW II; the little Belgium being each time in the "eye of the cyclone". In August 1914 invaded by the Kaiser's Germany, in May 1940 invaded by Nazi Germany!

    In 1972 an Air and Space Department was inaugurated; it is quite spectacular with a "Caravelle" commercial jet hanging from the ceiling of the huge hall. In 1980 an Armoured Vehicles Department was formed.
    In 1986 the important ancient (medieval) Arms and Armour collection was transported from the Porte de Hal / Hallepoort to the Museum.

    Presently the Museum of the Army is still renovating and expanding. From my visits to military museums in Europe I can say that it is one of the most important museums for the period of the 19th and 20th centuries. I observed on my last visits that it attracts more and more visitors from abroad.

    Admission is Free.
    Open from Tuesday until Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
    Closed on Mondays, January 1, May 1, November 1, December 25, and election days

    Warning: Room 1914 - 18 is closed this month of January. Will open again on 7/02/2014 for a special exhibition:
    EXPO 14 - 18
    C'est notre histoire!
    till 26/04/2015.

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    Parc, monumental arch and museums.

    by breughel Updated Jan 2, 2014

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    Cinquantenaire arch and military museum.

    Around 1850 the area of the Jubilee Park was a training ground for the Civil Guard. In 1875, architect Gédéon Bordiau drew the first plans of exhibition halls to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Belgian Kingdom (1830 -1880).
    The project was completed in 1910 and the Jubilee site received its present form: two wings, consisting of large halls, connected to each other by semi-circular colonnades and as an architectural eye catcher, the impressive three-arched arch of triumph.
    The triple arch by the French architect Charles Girault, in Louis XVI style, is 45 m high and 30 m wide.
    The quadriga at the summit represents "Le Brabant élevant le drapeau national" (Brabant waving the national flag).
    This arch of triumph was built at the expenses of king Leopold II.

    Living in Brussels I was not fully aware of the architectural value of the "Cinquantenaire" until I visited Berlin and its Brandeburger Tor and made the aesthetic (not historical) comparison which, it seems to me, is in favor or the Cinquantenaire arch!

    The Cinquantenaire halls host three museums:
    The Royal Museum of the Army and Military History in the northern wing.
    The Royal Museums of Art and History in the southern wing.
    The "Autoworld".

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Parc du Cinquantenaire and its museums

    by Norali Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    Jogging in 50aire, nearly customs here
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    I read that King Leopold II had it fit out in 1880 by Gedeon Bordiau for a special purpose: Jubilee celebration. The concern was then to liaise Brussels center to Tervueren countryside. In fact, Avenue de Tervueren starts there and runs to cosy Tervueren area. Nowadays, a tunnel goes across it, leading to Tervueren area too.

    As for architecture:

    * Eight women statues, that epitomized the nine Belgian provinces. Oddly enough, West and East Flanders are represented by an only woman.

    * Parc du Cinquantenaire houses museums and exhibition rooms. Amongst them, Musees Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire (Royal Museums of Art and History); Musee Royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire (Royal Museum of Army and Military History) with its air collection. Visit there Autoworld, (Car Museum). Namely appreciated there Royal Museums of Art and History. In addition to a permanent collection of civilizations history, my first exhibition there was on Pre-colombian civilization (a huge one), on use of metals such as gold, copper. Later on, the biggest I attended was on Buddhism & its spread all over Asian countries. Then, sthg on Vietnam, Pompei...

    * a park. From Schuman area, you will have to climb a little slope to reach the arches. Well-kept alleys packed with trees, benches. Sexy men in fit training suit ! At its front: a fountain & the many statues, a rotonde celebrating Belgium & actions in Congo, a banned pavillion (of Human passions). [Update May 4 2004: It is now possible to visit the Pavillon des Passions Humaines without booking the visit. Fee: a visit for 2 euros.]

    * a triple arch whose top is worth the glance. It was erected in 1904-1905. Its 45-m height dominates the park. Top is made of four bronze statues (quadriga). Charming with verdigris. Those statues symbolize triumphant Belgium heading to future.

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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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    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 wandeljp Updated Jul 19, 2009

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    Brussels, view from the entry of the park
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    The Cinquantenaire

    In 1880 to celebrate 50 years of independence of Belgium, is create an exhibition park. In 1897 it will be part of the attractions of the Universal Exhibition. That was when we built the hangars in steel that you can see at the rear of the triumphal arch.

    It is Leopold II (the second king of independent Belgium) who paid out his own pocket for the construction to commemorate 75 years in 1905. The French Charles Giraud will be the architect.

    Even today, home to the prestigious buildings: the Royal Museum of Art and History, the museum of the army, Autoworld and the Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage. Nearby: the largest mosque in Belgium.

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    En 1880 pour fêter les 50 ans d'indépendance de la Belgique, on crée un parc d'exposition. En 1897 il fera partie des attractions de l'exposition universelle. C'est à cette époque que l'on construit les hangards métalliques visible à l'arrière de l'arc de triomphe.

    C'est Léopold II (deuxième roi de la Belgique indépendante) qui en paiera la construction par ses propres deniers pour commémoré les 75 ans en 1905. Le français Charles Giraud en sera l'architecte.

    Aujourd'hui encore, les prestigieux bâtiments abritent: le musée Royal d'art et d'histoire, le musée de l'armée, autoworld et l'institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique. A proximité: la plus grande mosquée de Belgique.

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    The Cinquantenaire park

    by chancay Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    the arts and history museum

    In 1880 Belgium celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence. Therefore, king Leopold II wanted to have a world exhibition organized in Brussels. For its location a former military exercising ground outside of the center of the city was chosen, the so-called "Linthout" plains. In this exhibition the world would be able to see that the new state of Belgium was prospering and able to take its place between the important nations of Europe. In the second half of the 19th century Leopold II had acquired the Congolese colony in Africa which supplied him with considerable financial possibilities. He decided to use a part of his new fortune to give Brussels the outlook of an important European city. One of his realizations was this Cinquantenaire park with its imposing monuments.

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