"Explore the Royal Square and its Museums" Royal Square - Place Royale Tip by DanielF

Royal Square - Place Royale, Brussels: 12 reviews and 28 photos

The Place Royale is located on the Coudenberg Hill, the place from where the Dukes of Brabant ruled their realms.

This Square was built in the 18th century by the architects Barre and Guimard, during the period of Austrian domination of Brussels. It replaced the former Palace of Coudenberg, which had been destroyed by a fire. The square, showcasing a perfect symmetry, is lined with elegant white-washed buildings among which the church of Saint James stands out in a central position. Two important avenues converge here, the Rue de la Régence and the Rue Royale, and both have in their respective ends impressive buildings that create a fantastic perspective effect. In spite of being one of Brussels most beautiful squares, it has little citizen life. In fact, since there are no cafés, shops or much to do other than enjoying the architecture, the only people on the square are usually tourists.

One of the mansions on the Square, the Hôtel Bellevue, has been turned into the Dynasty Museum, consecrated to the history of the Belgian Royal family. The museum also gives access to the labyrinth of caves that are the only remains of the former Coudenberg Palace. Roaming around its foundations, you can hardly get an idea of what the palace really looked like, but it can still be fascinating for those interested in archaeology.

Address: Place Royale, 1000 Ville de Bruxelles
Directions: Between Rue de la Régence & Rue Royale
Website: http://www.travelntours.in

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 15, 2008
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