La Colonne du CongrÃ¨s et de la Constitution or in English The Congress Column was Erected between 1850 and 1859, and designed by architect J. Poelaert with the collaboration of five sculptors, this monument inspired by the Trajan column celebrates the 1830 National Congress that promulgated the Belgian Constitution. It glorifies Belgium’s independence (allegories of the Fundamental Rights, of the Nation’s nine provinces, trophies, blazons, dates, names and other ounding texts). This 25-meter columns topped by a statue of King Leopold I by sculptor J. Geefs. The Unknown Soldier was buried beneath it on November 11, 1922.
Location of the Congress Column :
Photos of La Colonne du CongrÃ¨s et de la Constitution from a distance
Just under looking at the top. But who’s all the way up there ?
Ah, it’s King Leopold I at the top of the column
Pedestal of the Congress Column
Engraved details of the column with inscriptions of all provinces
Four Statues of women are at its base this one represents the Liberty of association
L’union fait la force (Strength Through Unity) the National Motto
Statue representing Religious freedoms
More column details
Freedom of the press and education statues