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“the palace is still used for event, worth the visit”

Royal Palace (Palais Royal)
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“the palace is still used for event, worth the visit”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

This very nice building, worth a visit is still used for official events with the King. However foreign people perhaps think that the KIng (Royalty) is living here. This is not the case. The Royalty is living at the Palace in the suburbs of Brussels at Laeken (close to the Atomium)

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Ottawa, Canada
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“Lovely area to walk around and worth a vist”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Part of understanding Belgium is to understand the royal history. There is no better place than the Royal Palace to get this flavour.

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Nice palace”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

It is the official palace of the King of the Belgians but is not used as a royal residence, as the king and his family live in the Royal Castle of Laeken on the outskirts of Brussels. The website of the Belgian Monarchy describes the function of the palace as follows: “The Palace is where His Majesty the King exercises his prerogatives as Head of State, grants audiences and deals with affairs of state. Apart from the offices of the King and the Queen, the Royal Palace houses the services of the Grand Marshal of the Court, the King’s Head of Cabinet, the Head of the King’s Military Household and the Intendant of the King’s Civil List. The Palace also includes the State Rooms where large receptions are held, as well as the apartments provided for foreign Heads of State during official visits.”

The palace is situated in front of Brussels Park. The middle axis of the park marks both the middle peristyle of the palace and the middle of the facing building on the other side of the park, which is the Palace of the Nation (the Belgian Federal Parliament building). The two facing buildings are said to symbolize Belgium’s system of government: a constitutional monarchy. We didn’t go inside the Palace but just strolled outside it.

Visited June 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Go for the green hall”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Beautiful palace, but most stunning is the room where the ceiling is filled with beetle shells, a work of art by artist Jan Fabre, commisioned by the Queen herself.

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“Too much gold is not enough...”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

Definitely worth a visit. Huge rooms painted cream and gold, with sparkling chandeliers. It was a surprise to find a very good hands-on science room at the end of the tour through, some novel demonstrations I hadn't seen before. When we were there there was also a 'faces' exhibition with paintings and artifacts from around the world. Lots to see and do, best of all it's free!

Visited July 2012
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