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Castle of Laeken, Brussels

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The Castle of Laeken, is the official residence of the King of the Belgians and the royal family. It lies in the Brussels region, 5km north of the city centre in the municipality of Laeken. It sits in a large park called the Royal Domain of Laeken, which is off-limits to the public. It was originally named the Castle of Schonenberg and is often referred to as the Royal Castle.The castle at Laeken should not be confused with the Royal Palace of Brussels, in central Brussels, which is the official palace of the King of the Belgians and from which affairs of state are handled.HistoryThe castle was built at Laeken, then outside of Brussels, between 1782-1784 after the plans of the French architect Charles de Wailly under supervision of Louis Montoyer as a summer residence for the Governors of the Habsburg Netherlands, Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria and her husband Albert of Saxe-Teschen. Jean-Joseph Chapuis provided the royal furniture.On 21 July 1803, Nicolas-Jean Rouppe, as commissioner of the department of the Dyle, received Napoleon at the Castle of Laeken. Napoleon stayed at Laeken with the Empress Josephine in August 1804 on his way from awarding the first Légion d'honneur to his invasion troops at Boulogne to his progress along the Rhine, and later during the Hundred Days in 1815 dated this proclamation prematurely from the palace:
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  • Currently, official residence of the Kings of Belgium, located in Laeken, in the outskirts of the city. It was built between 1782-1784, creating as a summer residence of the Governors of the low countries. Even was also residence of Napoleòn Bonaparte in the 1804.Posteriormente year when Belgium achieved independence step Palace at the hands of the ReyLeopoldo I of Belgium, and in turn more later King Leopoldo II decided to turn it into habitual residence of the Belgian royalty.
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  • Super nice, but... by far. We could not stop us to, because the grid is located in front of a highway. So we see only through the grid. Otherwise he would have had to park nearby and walk back. However, there is a bus stop across the grid. Anyway it looks cool.
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  • A great day in this small college town. Wealth of museums, charm and peace. A beautiful experience. Excellent opportunity to make beautiful pictures. Less known than Bruges but city, frankly, go ahead, you'll be hooked.
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  • Royal castle, its garden open to the public annually. Fantastic batonic gardening, especially the indoor cultivation.
  • Such a stunning castle just outside the park. Is not possible to enter, but I think there is on part that is open to the general public. Worth a visit at least from the outside to take pictures!
  • An stunning castle one of the most visited people by the tourist If you are looking for places like the places or castle this place is a must go
  • It's nice
  • Nice visit
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