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The glorious past of Brussels

The glorious past of Brussels
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Copyright: Marcel Apperloo (Mas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 50 W: 62 N: 257] (2779)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-06
Categories: Architecture, Friends/Family
Camera: Kodak EasyShare DX7590
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Panoramas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 20:19
Viewed: 2191
Points: 12
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In last years summer I visited Brussels, Belgium together with a very good friend of mine. Brussels is a great, historical city. There's so much to see !Besides the Atomium Brussels offers many other interesting sites and buildings. In this park we admired this monumental building.

In 1880 Belgium celebrated the 50th anniversary of its independence. Therefore, king Leopold II wanted to have a world exhibition organized in Brussels. For its location a former military exercising ground outside of the center of the city was chosen, the so-called "Linthout" plains. In this exhibition the world would be able to see that the new state of Belgium was prospering and able to take its place between the important nations of Europe. In the second half of the 19th century Leopold II had acquired the Congolese colony in Africa which supplied him with considerable financial possibilities. He decided to use a part of his new fortune to give Brussels the outlook of an important European city. One of his realizations was this Cinquantenaire park with its imposing monuments.

The most eye-catching monument is, of course, the triumphal arch. This arch was built to serve as a monument to illustrate the glorious past of Brussels. It also was to serve as a new entrance gate to the center for people entering from the eastern side of Brussels, via the newly constructed Tervurenlaan/Avenue de Tervueren.

The arch was planned for the world exhibition of 1880, but would take a long time to be finished. In 1880 only the basis of the colons had been constructed. During the exhibition the rest of the arch was completed with wooden panels. In the following years the construction and completion of the monument was the topic of a continuous battle between the king and the government. The Belgian government actually did not want to spend so much money on an (in their eyes) unnecessary monument. Via private funding (for which the king had provided the money) the arch was finally completed by 1905, just in time for the 75th anniversary of the Belgian independence.

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  • mansua Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 613 W: 31 N: 23] (2117)
  • [2007-01-28 20:27]

Muy buena panorámica, el detalle y la sensación de profundidad esta muy bien.
Únicamente me parece que el árbol de la derecha quita protagonismo y tapa la visión de tan bello edificación.
Felicitaciones Marcel.

Nice work on this Marcel. I enjoy viewing the large version.

Wow, this is a beautiful photo of some amazing architecture. I like how the building pops out of the photo with the colors and form. Great clarity, TFS!!!

Salut Marcel
Je reconnait lŕ notre bon vieux cinquantenaire ŕ Bruxelles, il y a dedans 3 musée superbe, le musée d'histoire naturelle, le musée de l'armée, et l'autoworld.
C'est trois musée on bercé mon enfance j'y allait souvent, car j'adorait, j'aimais les odeur que dégageait ces musée.
Merci pour les souvenir.

Hi Marcel,

Very nice panorama of this sight! Good thing you PS'd the little car away (still visible on the large version), nice detail. The picture breathes rest and silence (with the quiet benches on the left, lovely!)

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-05-22 11:47]

Mooi, Marcel... Ik heb een boontje voor panorama's en dit is een klassiek voorbeeld. Deze architectuur schreeuwt gewoon voor een breed formaat.
Vlekkeloos gedaan, trouwens.

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