Cimetière de Laeken

by Vincent

The Laeken cemetery is the oldest of all the cemeteries in Brussels still in function. Very popular among tourists and residents alike it’s often dubbed as the little brother of the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris. The Cimetière de Laeken rose massively in popularity when the Royal family chose the adjacent Notre-Dame de Laeken Church as their burial grounds. Since then it became the final resting place of Belgian’s rich and famous Personalities bringing some outstanding examples of 19th century funerary art. By looking at the titles engraved in the stones one notices profusion of ministers, mayors, advisers, renowned artist or high ranking officers.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Location of the Laeken cemetery:


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Photos Cimetière de Laeken:

World War I soldier fallen at the age of 24 while heroically covering a retreat.

Mourning widow

Angel

Imploring the heavens

Endless rows of the many victims of the Great War that lay here

Grieving widows

Close up of a grieving woman

Looking at tower of Notre-Dame de Laeken Church located right at the back

Child with flowers

Young girl praying

The  Thinker by Auguste Rodin

Jesus and Mary

One of the many deserted paths across the cemetery

Loss of a loved one

Child resting his head

Widow locked inside her sadness

More expressions of grief

The imposing Notre-Dame de Laeken Church lays behind

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Guy January 27, 2011 - 4:22 pm

Beautilful photographs. My beloved one is also buried in this cemetary, but his tomb is a modest one of course. He was buried there because he loved this place so very much.

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lourdes February 26, 2011 - 4:44 pm

he was a luky person to be buried there ! it is a lovely place

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Vincent March 11, 2011 - 4:45 am

Definitely one of the nicest in Brussels to rest eternally..

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Esther April 17, 2011 - 12:12 am

i wish i could be buried there… looks very peaceful & nice

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Jojo June 12, 2011 - 2:36 pm

My comment is a question: is there a special natural event at mid-Summer when the sun shines through one of the structures in the cemetery and creates a heart shape? Many thanks for any "enlightenment".

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Vincent July 9, 2011 - 1:55 pm

Sorry Jojo but I am afraid I have never heard of this event.

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C Maier November 4, 2011 - 11:37 pm

the heart can be seen here but i don't know where it is in the cemetery (since i haven't visited yet). apparently it only occurs on the longest day (21 june)… http://www.panoramio.com/photo/18199564

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