Royal Palace, Brussels

Royal Palace, Brussels (must see)

The official palace of the King of the Belgians is the Royal Palace of Brussels. It is in this location that the King exercises his duties as Head of State. It serves as the location where he grants audiences and deals with national affairs. However, the Royal Palace is not the residence of the royal family; rather, they live on the outskirts of Brussels in the Royal Castle of Laeken. The palace is situated in front of Brussels Park and is separated from the park by a long square called the Place des Palais. The present-day appearance of the palace dates back to around 1900; however, the palace grounds were once part of a very old palatial complex from the Middle Ages, called Coudenberg Palace.

One of the most famous pieces of the palace is located in the Mirror Room. The room features a unique ceiling and central chandelier that are adorned with wing cases from millions of Thai jewel scarab beetles. Called Heaven of Delight, the fresco took artist Jan Fabre and his team of 29 young artists over three months to complete. The fresco includes various shapes that glow in a changing greenish-blue color depending on how light hits the surface.

Why You Should Visit:
During the time (short window from late July to early September) the Royal Palace is open to the public, entry is free and you are allowed to take pictures.
From the salon room through the passageway, the back halls to the prestige ballrooms, attention to details is rewarded – and that's from the floor up to the ceiling.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10:30am-3:45pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Royal Palace
Sight Location: Brussels, Belgium
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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City Center Churches

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City Center Gift Shops

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Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 Km or 0.2 Miles

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