The artificial rock structures and bronze statues of Josaphat Park


16/09/2017 - 17/09/2017

The Josaphat Valley marks the boundary of the upper and lower part of the municipality of Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek. The course of the Roodebeek, itself a tributary of the Maelbeek river, was, until the 19th century, a place for walks made up of private land and small cafes. At the end of the century it came under threat from urban development. The municipality, supported by the king Léopold II, decided to transform part of the valley into a public landscape park. Victor Besme altered the route of the ring road of the time so that it ran along the summit of the ridge, with the municipality undertaking to protect the view of Brussels from Boulevard Lambermont/Lambermontlaan.
Artificial cement rocks abound in Josaphat Park: an Alpine landscape, a faux rock waterfall and imitation wood bridges and benches are all intended to give the park a picturesque manmade natural quality. Views, stone and bronze sculptures and remarkable trees contribute to the heritage value of the completely restored park that you will explore during this walking tour.

In cooperation with La Fonderie.

Practical information

    • entrance to Josaphat Park
    • square Prévost Delaunay
    • 1030 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday at 11h00, 13h30 and 15h00 (French) and at 11h30, 14h00 and 15h30 (Dutch) (duration: 1 hour)
      Please note that bookings are preferred. Call 02/410.99.50 (from Monday to Friday, 9h00 to 17h00). Up to 25 people per tour.
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