Warande Park, Brussels
It was during the Austrian period , in 1776, the Empress Maria Theresa signed the act established the park. This place (garenne = Warande) was abandoned after a fire of 1731. It was at that time a place for duels.
Nothing foreshadowed the stature of the place in the creation of modern Belgium.
Following the representation of the Muette de Portici at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, the audience revolt (it must be said that at the time, Belgium was dominated by Dutch and the Dutch had a lot of favours compared to Belgians) It is the beginning of the struggle for independence.
Today the park is peaceful and offers visitors a pleasant stroll along the straight walkways decorated with numerous statues.
C'est durant la période Autrichienne, en 1776, que l'impératrice Marie Thérèse signe l'acte décidant la création du parc. Cet endroit (garenne= Warande) était laissé à l'abandon suite à l'incendie de 1731. C'était à l'époque un endroit privilégié pour les duels.
Rien ne laissait prévoir l'importance qu'aurait l'endroit dans la création de la Belgique moderne.
Suite à la représentation de la Muette de Portici au théâtre de la Monnaie, les spectateurs s'enflamment (il faut dire qu'à l'époque, la Belgique est sous domination Hollandaise et que la réglementation favorise les Hollandais par rapport aux Belges) C'est le début de la lutte pour l'indépendance.
Aujourd'hui le parc est bien paisible et offre au visiteur une agréable promenade le long des allées rectilignes agrémentées de nombreuses statues.
Situated in front of the Royal Palace and near the Koningsstraat and the Wetstraat.
This is a beautiful park in the heart of Brussels. Called "The Green Lung".
With fountains and statues of roman emperors. Destroyed in 1793 by the French conquest. A few years later the city repaired the park and gave it back its beauty.
I walk through this park every day to get to work. I get off at the Central Station, walk through the Ravenstein Gallery, and then get to the Park in front of the Royal Palace. They only recently re-landscaped it, and it looks really nice now. There's even a place where you can buy drinks (there are terraces) and ice cream.
It's quite big (for Brussels, but don't think in measures as Central Park of course) and it's fantastic on a sunny day; there are two fountains: one in front of the palace and one in front of the Parliament.
When you stand in front of this fountain, facing the palace, with Parliament in your back, you can see the three powers of Belgium at each end of an arm of the park : the legislative power (Parliament - behind you), the judiciary power (the Court of Justice - to your right), and the Executive power (the Royal Palace). There's one arm left, which seems to lead nowhere, but if you ask me, it extends to the BBL, a big Belgian bank, which symbolises the power of money if you ask me :-)
This is the entrance that will take you to the Warande. It is an enormous park situated in between the Royal Palace and the Belgian Parliament. It is fantastic to walk around and relax a bit.