Brussels – Cinquantenaire Park

If you are looking for a little greenery in this city, this is where you will find a little freshness and good air. The fenced site, yet accessible every day, was built to mark the 50th anniversary of the independence of Belgium in 1830. It was on the initiative of King Leopold II that work began in 1880. Due to a lack of funds, the work was only finished in 1905.

It is a former demonstration field for military maneuvers that were chosen to create this green space in the middle of the city. This site is a place for meetings, relaxation, fairs, exhibitions and games.

Today, there are mature trees, a fountain, sports facilities, museums and the famous commemorative arch with three spans of equal dimensions. Notice the arch is surmounted by a very symbolic statue. The bronze chariot is drawn by four (4) horses representing the province of Brabant, whose national flag can be seen. Below, the statues represent the other 8 provinces of Belgium. From the top of its 45 meters, it is possible to access it for an astonishing and unique view of the city.

Among the museums on this site, there is the Museum of Art and History which is a royal museum and the largest museum in the country. There are thousands of works of art and objects found during archaeological digs. Also, in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, there is the Royal Museum of the Army and Military History, the Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage, the Aviation Museum and Autoworld where you will find an impressive collection of cars.

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