Walks - THE EMPEROR’S CLOTHES
Right from the city’s origins, the Coudenberg was a place where the very richest lived. Noble families built their residences around the palace of the dukes of Burgundy: Egmont, Arenberg, Nassau and others. After the devastating fire at the palace in 1731, the Parc de Bruxelles became the centre of the redeveloped district. And after the creation of Belgium, new symbols of power appeared around the park: the Royal Palace, Parliament, embassies and financial institutions. The many museums nearby also add to the lustre of the district.
This Bruksel tour is about the symbols of political and economic power, and the role that architecture and urban planning play in them. We stroll through the Parc de Bruxelles, Place Royale and Place du Musée, Mont des Arts and the Quartier des Libertés.