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  Opera at Place de Monnaie
by irisbe

The Munt as we know it today is not the same building where it all started.
On this spot there used to be the “Herberge van Oistervant” where money coins were made, in Flemish those are called “munt”, hence the name.
In 1700 the last governor of Spain had a theatre built here for opera, theatre and ballet performances.
When Napoleon invaded our region this building was almost turned into a ruin because of lack of maintenance. He ordered it should be restored on costs of the city of Brussels. Architect who designed this renewed building that got inaugurated in 1819, was the French architect Louis Damesme.
After Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, Willem I of Oranje, a Dutch king, succeeded him.
For a wile he forbid any play to be performed. In 1830 he allowed for the first time “La Muette de Portici” to be performed.
It is told now that this performance had a huge contribution to the fight for independence of Belgium. It was said that after the play people rushed on the street to protest and were confronted with the army at the Martelarenplein (Martyr’s square).
A fire in 1855 destroyed the whole building and it was, don’t be surprised!, our infamous architect Joseph Poelaert (again!) who was assigned to build a new one.
In 1963 this opera was announced to be the National Opera of Belgium.
A couple of more restaurations and enlargements were made in the 80ties and 90ties.

Panoramic picture! Click on it to enjoy the full view!

Dress Code: Nowadays you don't need to dress up like it was done not even such a long time ago.
Just dress clean and even jeans might be allowed.

Address: Leopoldstraat 23, 1000 Brussel
Directions: De Munt/Le Monnaie is about 10 minutes distance from the Big Market or Central Station.
Phone: reserv.: tel +32/(02)229 12 00
Theme: Concert

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2004
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