Belgian Arc de Triomphe, Brussels

Belgian Arc de Triomphe, Brussels

Cinquantenaire Triumphal Arch – Arch of Triumph in Brussels, was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Arch is located near the administrative center of the European Union. The construction of a triumphal arch was planned for National exhibition and celebration of 50th anniversary of Belgian independence. The anniversary should be celebrated in the year 1880. Patron of building triumphal arch was King Leopold II.

 

Construction of the Belgian Arc de Triomphe

 

Cinquantenaire Triumphal Arch should have symbolized the industrial progress of Belgium. The building was not finished at the time of the exhibition in 1880. Unfinished sections were temporary completed with wooden plates. The final completion of the building became a long struggle between King Leopold II and the Belgian government. Belgian government did not want to spend money for construction.

 

Original Belgian architect Gideon Bordiau that had spent on the project more than 20 years, died in 1904, before the completion of construction. His successor was chosen the French architect Charles Girault. Cinquantenaire Triumphal Arch – Arch of Triumph in Brussels was finally completed in 1905, just in time for 75-th anniversary of Belgian independence.

 

We got to the Arc de Triomphe from the center of Brussels easily by metro and visit we combined with a walk around the impressive buildings of the European Parliament. Nowadays military museum and car museum are situated in Cinquantenaire Triumphal Arch.

20.4.2008 | Prague guide | Cities |
Belgian Arc de Triomphe, Brussels
Belgian Arc de Triomphe, Brussels
Belgian Arc de Triomphe, Brussels
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