Place Royale


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by melissa_bel on June 17, 2004

Here is another classical square. In the middle of the square is a statue of Godfrey of Bouillon, leader of the first Crusade and king of Jerusalem. But first, turn around and admire the view over the old city centre!

The church of Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg is the church where, traditionally, the royal toddlers are baptized. It's also the official church of the Belgian armed forces. Its style is classical, made to look like a Greek temple. When the French revolution poured over Belgium, it became a temple of Reason for a while before being restored as a church. On the right side of the square, you’ll find the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. They are divided into two sections, Ancient and Modern, but share the same facility. I’ll write more about that in another chapter.

Just off the Place Royale, you’ll find the Palais des Beaux Arts where concerts are regularly scheduled. And you can also visit the ruins of the "Palace of Charles V". It was in ruins when razed to build the Place Royale in the 18th century (some form of early "Bruxellisation") but since 1995, historians have been digging and rehabilitated this heritage. You can access the ruins via the Musee Bellevue, which is a museum dedicated to the Belgian Monarchy (http://www.musbellevue.be/enpalace.htm).

Royal Palace of Brussels/Palais Royal
Rue Brederode 16
Brussels, Belgium

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