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"Notice the Statue of General Belliard" Art & Architecture Tip by DanielF

Art & Architecture, Brussels: 68 reviews and 172 photos


Passing the Palais des Beaux Arts, climb a monumental staircase that leads to the Royal Park. On top of it you will find a statue of one of Napoléon's Generals, who, in addition of this statue, is remembered by the city of Brussels in one of its main avenues.

The reason for this recognition to a foreign militar is that General Belliard, as Ambassador of France, he took part in the negotiations that led to the independence of Belgium from the Netherlands.

General Belliard was then appointed as Ambassador to Spain, but he died of an apoplexy attack exactly on the Royal Park of Brussels, as he came out from a visit to the Palace of King Leopold I.

The sculpture overlooking the park was erected a few years later and depicts the general holding the document of the Belgian independence in one of his hands.

Belliard Street is located in the Leopold Quarter and, even if today it is usually choked with traffic, it has several buildings of interest, including the European Parliament.

Address: Many to be found in Brussels
Directions: Located throughout the city.

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  • Updated Feb 22, 2007
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