I can't for the life of me remember the name of this church so if anyone recognises it I'd be grateful if you can let me know so I finally can put this dilemna to rest.
But what I can recall is that it was very close to the Parc du Cinquantenaire.
The Cinquantenaire is a monument similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris or the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, but a bit smaller. Next to it there´s a big park, inside the building are three museums, a automobile and a war museum, also an arts and history museum.
This monument was erected to mark the 50th anniversary of Belgium’s independence from the Netherlands. The structure rears 144 feet high at the head of Avenue de Tervuren and is topped by a bronze chariot being ridden by the female personification of a triumphant Belgium, arms up in the air. Adding to the arch’s drama are the multi-columned Royal Museum of Art and History and the Royal Museum of Army and Military History the king had erected on either side, with the 90-acre Jubilee Park forming a verdant backdrop for all three.
Beautiful in the spring and in the summer when the flowers are in bloom and the grass is lush and green. Many locals spend their time here playing with their children, training their pets, exercising or just relaxing on the grass. Everybody has a special place in every city; this would be mine in Brussels.
The Parc and Palais du Cinquantenaire lie to the east of the city centre and were built for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Belgian independence in 1880. The park was laid out on unused town marshes. The palace was never built. Instead, the two large exhibition halls, (which today house Autoworld and the Musee de L'Armee), were only just completed in time for the 1880 Art and Industry Expo. The park features tree-lined avenues of elms and plane trees, fountains and a running track.
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
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.
I practically lived next to this park, so I went jogging there a lot. It's not massive, so you can run around it in 10-15min if you are an average jogger. It's nicer than running on the street though. Unfortunately, it was mostly too cold for picnics when I was in Brussels, but I'm sure it's nice for that too.
Nowadays, the park also houses Belgium's largest Mosque (originally a conference center for the 1897 Brussels World Fair). In addition, there is Royal Museum of the Army and Military History in the middle of it, as the park used to be training ground for the army. Unfortunately, everything the museum is only in French and Flemish, but they have some amazing stuff like coat of armors for soldiers, horses and for a small child. There are 2 other museums in the park, including Autoworld, which houses a display of 500 historic cars including the early motorized tricycles, a Model T Ford, a 1924 Renault, a 1938 Cadillac that was the official White House car for FDR and Truman, a 1956 Cadillac used by Eisenhower and then by Kennedy in the 60s) and Musée du Cinquantenaire has a collection of antiques and decorative arts such as tapestries, lace, porcelain, silver, furniture, toys, stained glass, jewels, folklore, sculptures and old vehicles, including 18th-century coupes, sedan chairs, sleighs and royal coaches.
The park, museums and monuments were initially designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Belgium's independence in 1830. However, the buildings were not finished until 1905. The extensive gardens have at their heart a triumphal arch topped by a bronze four-horse chariot sculpture, representing Brabant Raising the National Flag.
There is a grim story involved in the Park. It was built using the profits from the Congo Free State (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), a personal domain of the horrid King Leopold II. During his rule of Congo, the native population endured forced labor, enslavement and mutilation. The death toll amongst the population was around 10 million.
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:)
Commandited by the King Leopold II, the Cinquantenaire celebrates the fiftyth anniversary of the Independance of Belgium in 1880.
I first like the place for the huge park and all the possibilities / memories of games during my childhood and after my scout time.
Then of course the place is attractive for the architectury. It contains mainly two museums, the museum of the army and the museum of the car. Plenty of old timers for the one who like it.
In the back side, there is also the Great Mosk of Brussels.
The gardens are the French style.
You'll most probably see the arches when driving through Brussels.
The park has two great museums (one military, one automotive). While we were there a wedding party was passing through, dancing, singing... having loads of fun.
This pleasing park is surrounded by impressive architecture. I was fortunate to be strolling through it on a balmy Christmas day. There is a wonderful triumphal arch that is somewhat a cross between Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The arch is flanked by museums. There are tree lined walkways as well as a mosque in this park. It is a very nice place to get some fresh air. It is easily accessed by Metro from Central Station and other stops.
To celebrate Belgium's 5oth year of independence King Leopold II decided to develop a great park. He chose the area called, "Linthout Plains," a former military training grounds for it. He hoped by developing the park the entire world would be able to see how prosperous Belgium had become just since its independence.
The centerpiece of the park is the great Arch De Triomphe. The arch was built to show off the wonderful past of the City of Brussels and to also to serve as a new east entrance to the City.
The park is a great place to walk about. On Sunday there were many families strolling and picknicking in the park even though the weather was cool. There are many museums in the park as well but we preferred to enjoy the fresh air of the park on this day. The park comprises over 90 acres of land in eastern Brussels.
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.
The Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark, is one of the most impressive green spaces in the capital of Belgium, is also one of the largest in the urban heart of Brussels, with 30 acres of lawns, trees and trails in perfect symmetry. The Cinquantenaire Park was built to host the World Expo, commissioned by King Leopold II to celebrate the Jubilee of 50 years of independence from Brussels in 1880.
El Parc du Cinquantenaire o Jubelpark, es uno de los espacios verdes más impresionantes de la capital de Bélgica, es también uno de los más grandes en el corazón urbano de Bruselas, con 30 hectáreas de césped, árboles y senderos en simetría perfecta. El Parque del Cincuentenario fue construido para albergar la Exposición Mundial, encargado por el rey Leopold II para celebrar el Jubileo de los 50 años de la independencia de Bruselas en 1880.