The Info List - Laeken

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(French pronunciation: ​[lakɛn]) or Laken (Dutch spelling, pronounced [ˈlaːkə(n)] ( listen) ) is a residential suburb in north-west Brussels
in Belgium. It belongs to the municipality of the City of Brussels
and is mostly identified by the Belgian postal code : B-1020. Prior to 1921 it was a separate municipality.


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 1.5 Laeken
Cemetery 1.6 Other places of interest

2 Notable inhabitants 3 References 4 External links

Buildings and key features[edit]

Monument of the Dynasty in front of the Royal Palace.

Royal Castle of Laken

Royal Castle[edit] 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 Charles Girault
Charles Girault
gave it its present outline in 1902. It has been the royal residence since the accession to the throne of King Leopold I in 1831. The former King Albert II and Queen Paola live in the Belvedere in the grounds of this castle, while King Philippe and Queen Mathilde live in the main castle.[1] Royal Greenhouses[edit]

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[edit] 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[edit] 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
Leopold II of Belgium
and Empress Carlota of Mexico. The architect was Joseph Poelaert, designer of the famed Brussels
Palace of Justice. The church contains the royal crypt, where the members of the Belgian Royal Family are buried. [2] In February each year, a memorial mass for deceased members of the royal family is held at the church. In the nave of the church the tomb of cardinal Cardijn can be found. Laeken

of the cemetery of Laken

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, Fernand Khnopff
Fernand Khnopff
and Maria Malibran
Maria Malibran
and also features an original cast of Thinker by Auguste Rodin. Other places of interest[edit] Other places of interest in Laeken
are the Atomium, the former goods station of Thurn und Taxis, Brupark, the King Baudouin Stadium
King Baudouin Stadium
and the Heysel exhibition park. Coordinates: 50°52′N 4°21′E / 50.867°N 4.350°E / 50.867; 4.350 Notable inhabitants[edit]

Paul Ooghe (1899–2001), war veteran Belgian royal family Stromae : Belgian singer.[3]


^ "Opulent homes of Europe's royal families". Daily Telegraph.  ^ "Belgian Royal Burial Sites".  ^ lesoir.be. "Archives - lesoir.be". 

External links[edit]

Megapixel view of the Royal Domain shot from the top of a nearby building Pictures taken in the crypt of the cemetery of Laken