Architectural treasures in the hills of North-Western Brussels: Discovery walking tours

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15/09/2018 - 15/09/2018

Architectural treasures in the hills of North-Western Brussels: Discovery walking tours

After the abolition of abbeys and religious foundations at the end of the 18th century, the hills of North-Western Brussels long retained their rural aspect and large farms right up to the early 20th century. As a result of the dissolution of various religious institutions, numerous leisure properties and châteaux were built in the area, including the Royal Palace of Laeken. Throughout the 20th century, a succession of different structures were built on the hills, including major hospitals (the Brugmann, the UZ-VUB and the military hospital), medical institutions (the Queen Elisabeth Medical Foundation), and large housing complexes (the Cité Modèle and garden city estates). In addition, various sites were developed for the World Fairs (the Japanese Tower, the Chinese pavilion, the Grand Palace and the Atomium).
During the Heritage Days, the North-West Brussels Cultural Association will be offering two discovery walking tours. The first of these will focus on the work carried out by Horta and Lacoste on the Brugmann Hospital. The second will take you to King Baudouin Park, on the sites of the former stone quarries of Dieleghem Abbey and the château Bonaventure, with its former stately park and garden “follies”.

A partnership between the Association Culturelle de Bruxelles Nord, CHU Brugmann and Bruxelles-Environnement/Leefmilieu Brussel.

Practical information

    • Horta Chapel
    • Avenue J.-J. Crocq/Jean Joseph Crocqlaan 21
    • 1020 Brussels
    • Saturday only at 10h15, 12h15, 14h30 and 16h15. In French only.
      Up to 25 people per tour.
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      Hôpital Brugmann/Brugmann-ziekenhuis
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      Hôpital Brugmann/Brugmann-ziekenhuis