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Cinquantenaire Complex

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The buildings complex of the Parc du Cinquantenaire were erected under the reign of king Leopold II for the National Exhibition of 1880, at the 50th anniversary of Belgian independence.
The central arch was constructed in 1905 in between the massive horseshoe shaped arcades, which now house a series of museums. The Royal Military Museum has been the tenant of the northern half of the complex since 1880. The southern half is currently occupied by the Cinquantenaire Art Museum and the obscurely intrigueing AutoWorld Museum.
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The Arch was planned for the world exhibition of 1880 but only the bases of the columns had been constructed and during the exhibition the rest of the arch was completed with wooden panels. During the following years, the completion of the monument was the topic of a continuous battle between king Leopold II and the Belgian government, who did not want to spend so much money on it.
The monument was finally completed by way of private funding in 1905, just in time for the 75th anniversary of the Belgian independence. It is the widest and second highest (after Paris) triumphal arch in the world.
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2 Responses to “Cinquantenaire Complex”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    綺麗な写真だよ僕は大好き  

  2. # Blogger Books and an espresso cup...

    Bonjour! Cedric,
    The buildings complex of the Parc du Cinquantenaire,
    is very...beautiful!
    I like the colour too!
    DeeDee ;-D  

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