1 Buildings and key features
1.1 Royal Castle
1.2 Royal Greenhouses
1.3 Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower
1.4 Church of Our Lady
2 Notable inhabitants 3 References 4 External links
Buildings and key features
Monument of the Dynasty in front of the Royal Palace.
Royal Castle of Laken
The Royal Castle of Laeken, official home of the Belgian Royal Family,
is situated here. The castle was built between 1782–1784 by Charles
de Wailly. It was partly destroyed by fire in 1890 and rebuilt and
extended by Alphonse Balat. The French architect
Laken, the Royal Greenhouses of Balat (1874-1890).
The royal domain also contains the magnificent Royal Greenhouses of
Laeken, a set of dome-shaped constructions, accessible to the public
only a few days a year. They were designed by Alphonse Balat, with the
cooperation of the young Victor Horta.
Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower
Main article: Museums of the Far East
A little north of the royal palace stand the contrasting Chinese
Pavilion and the Japanese Tower. The Chinese Pavilion was commissioned
by King Leopold II. The halls are designed in Louis XIV-style and
Louis-XVI-style and decorated with Chinese motifs, chinaware and
silverware. The Japanese Tower is a pagoda, inspired by a construction
Leopold saw at the Paris Exposition of 1900. King Leopold II asked its
architect Alexandre Marcel to build him a similar one in Laken.
Church of Our Lady
A little south of the royal palace, you can find the neo-gothic Church
of Our Lady, initially built as a mausoleum for queen Louise-Marie,
wife of Leopold I, whose children included
Leopold II of Belgium
The cemetery behind the church is known as the "Belgian Père
Lachaise" because it used to be the burial place of the rich and the
famous. It harbours the graves of, among others,
Paul Ooghe (1899–2001), war veteran Belgian royal family Stromae : Belgian singer.
^ "Opulent homes of Europe's royal families". Daily Telegraph. ^ "Belgian Royal Burial Sites". ^ lesoir.be. "Archives - lesoir.be".
Megapixel view of the Royal Domain shot from the top of a nearby building Pictures taken in the crypt of the cemetery of Laken