Parc du Cinquantenaire: the unexpected riches of an historical site

17/09/2017 - 17/09/2017

A former military training ground, in 1880 Parc du Cinquantenaire hosted the celebrations commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Belgium’s independence. In this connection, large structures were built in the park to host fairs and exhibitions. The imposing arcades, desired by King Léopold II, crowned the project in 1905. In addition to several grand museums, the park possesses an extraordinary, but often little known, architectural heritage. The scandalous Temple of Human Passions, the old panorama of Cairo, now transformed into a mosque, or the medieval tower designed by architect Henri Beyaert, are just some of the many examples. This walking tour is an opportunity to learn about the history of the park as well as its unexpected riches.

In cooperation with Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines (ARAU).

Practical information

    • entrance to Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelparkarc, at the corner of Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat and Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée/Blijde Inkomstlaan
    • parc du Cinquantenaire
    • 1000 Brussels
    • Sunday only at 10h00, 10h30, 14h00 and 15h00 (duration: 2 hours)
      Please note that bookings are essential. Call 02/219.33.45 (from Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 15h00). Up to 20 people per tour. In French only.
    • M
      Schuman/Merode
    • T
      Merode
    • B
      Gaulois/Galliërs
    • B
      Chevalerie/Ridderschap