Brussels Cemetery

With the existing cemeteries having become too cramped, the authorities of the City of Brussels decided in 1874 to purchase vast tracts of land on the edge of Chaussée de Louvain/Leuvensesteenweg. They then turned to landscape architect Louis Fuchs to design the 38 hectares that had been acquired. Fuchs designed a vast landscape park organised around wide avenues, roundabouts, elegant tree-filled views, intimate, hedgerow-_encircled paddocks and lawns lined with paths conducive to contemplation. Like many of his contemporaries, he planted conifers, oak, weeping willow and ivy, mainly for their symbolic value, as well as cherry blossom for its aesthetic qualities when flowering. After passing the solid neo-Etruscan style entrance lodges, designed by architect Victor Jamaer, the cemetery reveals a series of high-quality commemorative monuments such as the English memorial to the Battle of Waterloo, the work of Jacques de Lalaing, as well as a number of majestic trees such as a London plane, a Turkish hazel and some magnificent silver maples. Bird watchers may be lucky enough to spot common chiffchaffs and whistlers, dunnocks, short-toed treecreepers, Eurasian nuthatches, great spotted woodpeckers, Eurasian sparrowhawks or even Egyptian geese. (Listed 06/02/1997)

Practical information

  • avenue du Cimetière de Bruxelles
    1140 Brussels
    • Saturday and Sunday from 8h30 to 16h30 (last admission at 16h00)
    • B
      Cimetière de Bruxelles/Kerkhof van Brussel