18 juin 2015

Lion's Mound, Waterloo, Belgium

Lion's Mound The Battle of Waterloo took place on June 18th 1815 at Braine -l'Alleud ,15km south of Brussels.  The troops from Britain, Holland & Prussia fought against French troops for 10 hours. At last French Emperor Napoleon was defeated by the mulltinational forces & was exiled to St Helena. The Lion's Mound was built on the battle ground to commemerate the event. The Lion's hillock is an artificial hill topped with a huge lion  facing France. In 1820, King William I of Netherlands commissioned Royal... [Lire la suite]
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02 avril 2014

Beguinale House, Bruges.

Beguinale House  The Beguinage of Bruges was founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders - Margeretha of Constatinople. She was the daughter of Count Baldwin who conquered Constatinople. The Beguines were a religious movement of women who decided to serve God without retiring from the world. They earned their living by knitting laces. The last beguinage nun left in 1927.  In 1937, it became a Monastry for the Benedictine Sisters. Must take a small bridge & an entrance gate dated 1776 to reach this  tranquil... [Lire la suite]
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27 novembre 2013

Park du Cinquintenaire, Brussels.

Park du Cinquintenaire Park du Cinquintenaire is the largest public park in Brussels. King Leopold II decided to built this U-shaped complex for the 1880 National Exibition, to  commemerate the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Belgium. The Triumphal Arch was designed by the French architect Charles Girault. The Arch is topped by a four-horse chariot of Brabant raising the National Flag. The north-wing of the Arch houses the Royal Military Museum   & the south-wing houses the... [Lire la suite]
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02 août 2013

Everard 't Serclaes Monument, Brussels.

 Statue of Everard 't Serclaes The statue of Everard 't Serclaes is located under the arcade of Maison de L'Etoile at the Grand Place. This bronze statue was made in 1902 by Juliaan Dillens. Everard 't Serclaes - Lord of Cruyckembourg was a town councilor. In 1356, he liberated Brussels from the Flemish forces led by Louis II.  In 1388, he was captured & the rebellions chopped off his tongue & feet. He was transported to the Maison de L'Etoile, where he died. Legend says that the statue brings good... [Lire la suite]
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17 juillet 2013

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken,Brussels

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken was constructed by the architect Alphonse Balat & Victor Horta. Every year in spring this is opened to public for just 21 days  & it's worth visiting. The 7 green houses  are the home to tropical & subtropical plants. There is a vast collection of Geraniums , Fushias, Azalees & Hydrangeas.
17 juillet 2013

Castle of Laeken, Brussels

Castle of Laeken Castle of Laeken was the summer residence of the Governor of the Netherlands. This was built in 1782 by the French architect Charles de Wailly & the engineer Louis Montoyer. Later in 1804, Napoleon bought it for his wife Josephine de Beauharnais.After his decline, it became the property of King William I of the unified Netherlands.After the independence of Belgium, it was in the hands of King Leopold I. Today this is the official  residence of the Royal Family of Belgium.  Royal Domain of... [Lire la suite]
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03 juillet 2013

"Pis Family" of Brussels

"Pis Family" of Brussels The Manneken-Pis - the Brussels' landmark, is a statue fountain of a naked little boy urinating. In the Brussels dialect "Manneken-Pis" means "Little boy peeing". This 61cm bronze statue was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder in 1619. The statue  located at the junction of Rue de l'Etuve & Rue du Chêne is just a copy. The original is kept at the Maison du Roi. On certain occasions this little boy is clad in costumes. His wardrobe is exibited at the City... [Lire la suite]
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