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Monuments and landmarks

Monument to Labor

The Monument to Labour a by the famous Belgian sculptor Constantin Meunier is located at the canal to reflect the workers daily life in the port of Brussels, with shippings coming from the former coal mines in Charleroi.

The art work represents four stone bas-reliefs: IndustryThe MineHarvest, and the Harbour, four bronze statues: The SowerThe SmithThe Miner, and the Ancestor; and a bronze group, Maternity.

 

Monuments and landmarks

The Dynasty Monument

This monument, which is also known as the Leopold monument, is dedicated to the first King of Belgium Leopold I and commissioned by his son Leopold II.

It shows the King looking over to the Royal Castle, surrounded by nine columns, arranged in a circle.

The columns represent what were then the nine provinces of Belgium.

Each column has a statue depicting that province.

Monuments and landmarks

The Thinker

One of the attractions of the Laeken cemetery is an original bronze of Thinker by Auguste Rodin, a testimony of the sculptor’s stay in Brussels and his connections to the Belgian artists’ community.

Monuments and landmarks

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

Every spring, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are open to the public for approximately 3 weeks, generally from the second half of April until the beginning of May.

Besides the exceptional collection of flowers and rare plants you can then discover the impressive glass greenhouses with metal frames designed by Victor Horta’s teacher Alphonse Balat.

More info on the website of the Royal Family.

Monuments and landmarks

Chinese Pavilion and Japanese tower

Located at the border of the Royal Estate, along Van Praet Avenue, the Chinese Pavilion was erected by order of Leopold ll, between 1901 and 1905, to complete the Japanese Tower he had just built following his visit to the World’s Fair in Paris in 1900. At the time, Leopold II wanted to create, in the immediate vicinity of his palace, a promenade made up of exotic architectural works. The Chinese Pavilion was to house a luxurious restaurant and was opened to the public in 1913.

Since 1946, the place has become an annex of the Royal Museums of Art and History where are exposed Chinese porcelain, furniture and tapestries dating from the 19th and early of the 20th century. The Japanese Tower, the Chinese Pavilion and the Museum of Japanese Art have been grouped together in the Museums of the Far East (currently closed for an indefinite period).

 

News

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Happy New Year 2019

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Happy New Year 2019

We wish you all a Happy New Year 2019

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Marché du Parvis Notre Dame de Laeken – Inauguration du Parc Annie Cordy

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Festivals à Laeken – juillet 2018

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Festivals à Laeken – juillet 2018

Les vacances d’été arrivent et avec eux le temps des festivals:   29/6 – 1/7: Couleur Café Du 29 juin au 1er juillet, le parc au pied de l’Atomium se transforme en oasis exotique de parfums, de saveurs et d’expériences en tous genres. En plus des concerts et des DJ sets sur nos 7 scènes, vous y […]

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