Parc du Cinquantenaire

In the midst of a 30 hectare urban park in the easternmost corner of the European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium, is the Parc du Cinquantenaire. The park, and its encompassing buildings, was commissioned by the Belgian government for the 1880 National Exhibition, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence. Despite also being planned for the 1880 exhibition, a continuous battle between King Leopold II and the Belgian government (the latter did not want to spend the money required to complete it) the centerpiece, this triumphal arch, was erected in 1905, just in time for the 75th anniversary. 

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© Eleanor Parks 2016

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