Ixelles Ponds

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Ixelles Ponds

The Maelbeek/Maalbeek stream, whose source was located not far from the monastic buildings of the Abbey of La Cambre, is now partially channelled and, of the seven ponds that formed the stream, only the two large ponds we know today as the Ixelles Ponds survive. The first, which once extended over the present-day Place Flagey/Eugène Flageyplein, was partially drained around 1860. The second was formed by the merging of the Pennebroeck and Ghévaert ponds. The engineer Victor Besme landscaped the whole neighbourhood in 1871 and created the picturesque setting that reflects the penchant of the time for parks landscaped in the English style. No fewer than 59 remarkable trees have been listed on the banks of the ponds, including beautiful groves of plane trees, silver limes, maples and poplars. Listed since 1976, the site boasts a set of sculptures and a recently restored large rockery with imitation rocks, ruins and a truncated column serving as a backdrop for a waterfall, the only feature of its kind in Brussels. (Listed 18/11/1976)

Practical information

  • 1050 Brussels
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      Flagey
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      Buyl
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      Flagey
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      Flagey, Étangs d’Ixelles/Vijvers van Elsene