Belgium Colonial Palace, Tervuren

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Gert Lucas

About this spot
Le Palais des Colonies is part of the Museum of Africa, Le Palais An exhibition space, the so-called Colonial Palace, was built in 1897 as part of the World Exhibition in the axis of Tervurenlaan; it was realized by architect Ernest Acker (1852-1912) after a preliminary design by the French architect Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe (1834-1895). To stimulate interest in Belgium for its Congo Free State, Leopold II is organizing a Congo exhibition in the Colonial Palace in Tervuren as part of this grand event. The enormous success led to the founding of the first Congo Museum in 1898. From the beginning, this institution was given a scientific assignment. The rapid expansion of the collections makes a larger building necessary. In 1910 Albert I inaugurates the current museum. It is not until 1960, after the Congolese independence, that the museum gets its current name.
Located a stone's throw from the busy Brussels Region you will find the palace in the Park of Tervuren - also known as Warande. It is one of the Flemish gateways to the Sonian Forest. The monumental remains of a rich past give extra flair to this green oasis. A walk between majestic oak and beech trees, past elegant French gardens, ponds and flower beds, is a breath of fresh air after a day in busy Brussels.

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