Brussels and its gardens in the 16th and 17th centuries


16/09/2017 - 17/09/2017

History teaches us that Brussels has long benefitted from large swathes of garden space and even agricultural land, within the second city walls. Through the projection of old images, you will see the extent to which nature was present in the city in the vicinity of large estates, palaces and monasteries. A closer look at the places depicted will guide your gaze and understanding more effectively than any book. The study by the Association du Patrimoine Artistique also extends to surrounding municipalities which, under Brussels jurisdiction since the Middle Ages, served as an area for market gardening supplying the needs of the city. The objective of the planned projection will be to provide greater clarification in pinpointing the location of old views and, in this way, to reach those living in these municipalities who are interested in their history. Old maps will help to situate the places for which there is a range of iconography available from the 16th and 17th centuries.

In cooperation with Association du Patrimoine artistique.

Practical information

    • rue Charles Hanssens 7
    • 1000 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 18h00
      This exhibition runs free of charge from 9 September to 30 September 2017 and is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 14h00 to 18h00. During Heritage Days, workshops will be organised between 14h00 and 17h00 for children of 8 to 12 years of age, in which they will be taught how to read old plans and about the historical aspect of built heritage and green spaces by getting them to colour in reproductions of parts of the plans.Up to 12 children per session of 1.5 hours. Please note that registration is required via e-mail at
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      Petit Sablon/Kleine Zavel
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      Petit Sablon/Kleine Zavel