An underground tour discovering the remains of the palace of Charles V

From the middle ages, a castle overlooked Brussels from Coudenberg hill. From the 12th century, the successive monarchs and their representatives transformed a small fortified castle into a sumptuous residential palace, one of the most beautiful palace of Europe and one of Charles V’s main residences.

This prestigious building is severely damaged by fire in 1731. Some forty years later, the ruins of the palace are pulled down and the ground flattened out for the construction of the new royal district. The remains of this palace make up the Coudenberg archaeological site.

During your visit, you will discover the Rue Isabelle and the old structures of the main buildings of the former palace of Brussels, which are now the foundations for today’s royal district and the Hoogstraeten House where the most interesting discoveries made during the various archaeological excavations conducted on the Coudenberg are displayed.

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07/05/2015 > 30/08/2015  

VESALIUS, PHYSICIAN TO CHARLES V The exhibition paints the destiny of two leading figures that were atypical of the Renaissance: Vesalius, court physician and pioneer in the world of medicine, and Charles V, the sovereign of an empire on which the sun never set.
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Underground Treasure Hunt: In Search of the Treasure of the Golden Fleece

01/07/2015 > 30/08/2015  

Underground Treasure Hunt: In Search of the Treasure of the Golden Fleece Suitable for children from 5 to 8 years old with an adult
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