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The elegant Royal Palace was built from 1774 to 1780 in Louis XVI style. In its centre stands the church of Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg, in neo-classical style. It was originally the Temple of Reason and then the Temple of the Law, before returning to the Catholic faith in 1802. Through one of the corner archways, you enter place du Musée/Museumplein, where you will see the former palace of Charles of Lorraine (1757). Completed in 1829, a year before Belgium became a kingdom, work on the Royal Palace was resumed some decades later under Leopold II. It contains a grandiose Throne Room, and no less a figure than Auguste Rodin worked on one of the bas-reliefs in the central section. The palace is still in use by our king, King Albert the second. As concequence of that it is practicly never open for the public.

Address: Brederodestraat 16, B-1000 Brussel
Directions: At Rue de Namur
Phone: +32 2 551 20 20
Website: http://www.monarchie.be/palace-and-heritage/palace-brussels

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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