A charming grotto on the listed Ixelles Ponds site.


16/09/2017 - 17/09/2017

Landscape and picturesque parks and gardens became a veritable phenomenon in the 19th century. The Ixelles Ponds were part of this “greening” movement, enhancing the burgeoning process of urbanisation.
Built in 1876 on the site of the ponds by the Blaton-Aubert construction firm, which at the time specialised in garden decorations, the manmade grotto constitutes a component in the arrangement of the site. It was designed by Edouard Keilig (1827-1895), a trained horticulturist and garden designer. Unusually, the rockery is topped by an unfinished temple, allowing for an open interpretation of the significance of this poetic symbolism. The design of La Cambre Wood, Laeken Park and the beautification of the Tervueren estate are also the work of Keilig. The ponds have been listed as a site since 1976.

In cooperation with the Heritage Department of the municipality of Ixelles.

Practical information

    • square du Souvenir
    • 1050 Brussels
    • Saturday at 10h30 and Sunday at 16h00 (duration: 1 hour)
      Please note that bookings are preferred. Call 02/515.67.48, text 0477/25.01.47 or e-mail patrimoine@ixelles.be. In French only.
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      Étangs d’Ixelles/Vijvers van Elsene