Brussels, Belgium: Parc du Cinquantenaire and Royal Museums of Art and History.


In response to this week’s Photo Challenge: Symmetry.
The Triumphal Arch and its perfectly symmetrical colonnades in the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, Belgium.

There are two major plights for travel bloggers: rain and cars.
I had my share of both of them on this day: It was pouring with rain, and me taking photographs while carrying an umbrella must have been a funny sight.
And I could start an epic rant about cars and coaches standing in front of photogenic sights, but this has to wait until another post. In fact, I’m thinking of setting up another blog solely dedicated to whistle-blowing vehicles that dare to clog up our travel photography. (Feel free to display your best examples in the comment section below).

But back to my today’s main subject: The so-called Parc du Cinquantenaire (French) aka Jubelpark (Dutch) aka Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary and its Cinquantenaire Museum, which is part of the Royal Museums of Art and History.

 

The complex is a public leisure park (30 hectares), which was mostly created in 1880 as an exhibition site to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Belgian independence. The original architect was Gideon Bordiau, later Charles Girault.

 

Map Jubilee Park,  Credit: S. Solberg J.

Map Jubilee Park,
Credit: S. Solberg J.

Apart from the huge recreational area, it consists today mainly of several more than worthwhile museums:

  • The Royal Military Museum: It displays uniforms, weapons, vehicles and military equipment of all ages and countries. And it is home to an aviation hall.
  • The AutoWorld Museum: It’s a vintage car museum, and houses vehicles from the late 19th century to the 1970s.
  • And last but not least: The Cinquantenaire Museum, which is an art and history museum. It displays an eclectic collection ranging from national archeology to artifacts from ancient Greece and Rome and non-European countries. In addition, it houses a beautiful collection of European decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, including an Art Nouveau section.

 

Entering the area on the east side

The triumphal arch was erected in 1905, replacing a previous temporary version

The triumphal arch with the north wing of the complex housing the Military Museum

The structures were built in iron, glass and stone, which was very popular at the time, symbolising the economic and industrial performance of Belgium

Colonnades

The Quadriga on top of the arch was designed by Jules Lagae and Thomas Vincotte, depicting Brabant raising the national flag

I chose to visit the Cinquantenaire Museum, this is the lobby:

Unfortunately, while I was visiting the museum, it was undergoing reorganization measures. So the usual order of halls was changed, many exhibits were squeezed in one room and not labeled.
So I have to show you the exhibits without proper identification.

Beautiful tapestries and furniture

My main interest was the Art Nouveau Hall with stunning statuettes and glassware:

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16 comments

  1. Wow, I just loved it! Too good!

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  2. Glad to see you’re back and again posting about things to visit when in Belgium…

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  3. I loved how many photos you incorporated into this theme and how varied they were. Awesome job!

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  4. Impressive post… The photographs are stunning. Thanks for sharing and best wishes to you. Aquileana 😎

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  5. A deep sense, of cosmology, that existed, a long time ago. Who knows, what secrets, may have evolved, from the cosmos, during the ancient era?

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  6. Lovely images. Reminded me of our trip to Brussels! 🙂

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