"Have a Look at the Statue of Godfried of Bouillon" Statue of Godfried of Bouillon Tip by DanielF

The monument that presides over Royal Square was the first equestrian statue in Brussels. It depicts Godfried of Bouillon, a local hero who participated in the Crusades to release the Holy Tomb from the unfaithful domination in the Middle Ages. It is from this very hill that he is said to have gathered his army and departed towards the Holy Land. The horse raises one of its hooves, which, according to the etiquette of equestrian statues, means that the hero sadly died in the battle.

His statue replaced in the 19th century a previous one of the Governor of the Low Countries, Charles of Lorraine, for which originally the Place Royale had been conceived as a majestic architectural frame.

Address: Place Royale, 1000 Ville de Bruxelle
Directions: Off Rue de la Régence, Rue Royale, Rue Montagne de la Cour & Rue de Namur
Website: http://www.brusselsremembers.com/memorials/godefroid-of-bouillon

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  • Updated May 15, 2008
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