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Brussels Notes: The Royal Palace of Brussels

Brussels Notes: The Royal Palace of Brussels

The Royal Palace of Brussels is a beautiful building in the center of Brussels. It is not an official royal residence but it is used for all kinds of formal events and receptions. The Belgian Royal family has a beautiful tradition of opening the doors of Royal Palace to the public. Every year for a few weeks you can visit the Royal Palace for free.

I remember the first time we went few years ago. At that time I didn’t know it was a tradition so I thought I had once in a life time chance to go in. But since it is open every year we visited it every time.

You can do a self-paced tour through the rooms of the palace. There is a lot to see and admire – nice architecture, design, huge paintings on the walls, marble floors, crystal chandeliers, golden decorations on the walls and ceilings etc.

The rooms don’t change but in one of the last halls is always different exposition. Few years back there were the gifts the Royal family received on their travels displayed.

This year there are objects lent by a museum about cartography – the old maps, compass, different ways they used to navigate etc. Also one of the halls is devoted to the life of queen Elizabeth I. She loved art and studied sculpture and later fell in love with photography. She recorded life during World War I and her visits to Congo and India in photography. Some of her pictures are displayed in the exhibition in the palace and we admired her strong sense of composition and ability to capture compelling pictures of everyday life.

Here are few pictures from our visit of the Royal Palace of Brussels this past weekend.