January 16, 2021
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: Industry, The Mine, Harvest, and the Harbour, four bronze statues: The Sower, The Smith, The Miner, and the Ancestor; and a bronze group, Maternity.
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.
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.
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.
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).
January 16, 2021
April 24, 2020
To support our local shops, we’ve put together this non-exhaustive list : Shopping areas Bockstael Houba De Strooper Tour & Taxis De Wand Copies Edi-print (on appointment) Drinks (delivery) En Stoemelings Fermenthings La Source Beer co. Food (delivery) Lili bulk Lily’s Granola Gardening & Flowers (delivery) L’Hortensia Skyfarms VVM Bloemen Home (delivery) Passe–vite Steylemans Restaurants […]Read more
December 24, 2019
Season’s Greetings! And best wishes for the New Year.Read more
May 12, 2019
Don’t say BYRRH, say BE-HERE! The former distribution centre of the renowned French aperitif BYRRH, which was abandoned for several decades, has been completely renovated to open up to the neighborhood and to become what the inhabitants have been longing for: an organic market and a hub for artistic workshops and sustainable production. In short, […]Read more
May 9, 2019
Impressions de la 18ième édition sous la pluie, sous le soleil et toujours dans la bonne humeur! Merci à toutes et à tous qui ont contribué à ce beau moment sur le Parvis, que ce soit en tant qu’exposants, organisateurs ou visiteurs. Votre sourire et votre énergie rayonnent dans le quartier. Un tout grand merci […]Read more
February 27, 2019
Reeds vorig jaar vroeg Laeken.Brussels in een open brief aan de NMBS, Infrabel en een aantal Schepenen om actie te ondernemen voor een veilig en aantrekkelijk station Bockstael. Er werd gevraagd om het station proper te maken en het te onderhouden. Er werd gevraagd om de sociale controle aan te scherpen via kleine uitstallingen/kiosken. Er werd […]Read more
January 1, 2019
We wish you all a Happy New Year 2019Read more
September 29, 2018
Dans le cadre des élections communales du 14 octobre 2018, Laeken.Brussels ASBL/VZW interroge chaque semaine les habitants de Laeken via une série de « QUESTIONS AUX LAEKENOIS » posées via sa page Facebook. Nous leur avons ainsi demandé quelles étaient pour eux les thématiques les plus importantes dans la perspective du prochain scrutin communal. Voici le classement des thématiques […]Read more
September 16, 2018
Curious minds from Laeken and elsewhere had the opportunity during the Heritage days 2018 to visit the works going on at the BYRRH site, previously center of distribution of this South-French aperitif. Currently under renovation and scheduled to be ready in 2019, the site is to become a hub for various workshops and… a long […]Read more
September 8, 2018
Samedi: Braderie Rue Marie-Christine Les commerçants de la rue Marie-Christine invitent à leur braderie ce samedi et dimanche. Atomium Park Festival • Deep in House Free Open Air 3 stages free festival to celebrate the Atomium 60th anniversary all weekend long. Dimanche: Braderie Rue Marie-Christine Les commerçants de la rue Marie-Christine invite à leur braderie […]Read more