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Institut Royal pour Sourds Muets et Aveugles

facade Institut Royal pour Sourds Muets et Aveugles de Woluwe-Saint-Lambert

Now classified as a protected monument the Institut Royal pour Sourds Muets et Aveugles de Woluwé Saint Lambert was Built in Neo-Gothic Style around 1878 and has served as a  school for the Hearing and Visually Impaired ever since. It is located at 278-284 Avenue Georges Henri , Woluwe-Saint-Lambert 1200.

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Jesus sur Institut Royal pour Sourds Muets et Aveugles de Woluwe-Saint-Lambert

Jesus statue with open arms close-up

Jesus statue on Institut Royal pour Sourds Muets et Aveugles de Woluwe-Saint-Lambert
Building of the Institut Royal pour Sourds Muets et Aveugles de Woluwe-Saint-Lambert

Hotel Ravenstein

The Former de Cleves-Ravenstein Mansion also commonly known as Hotel Ravenstein is the last standing example of the aristocratic mansions built between the end of the XV century and the beginning of the XVI century. This brick and sandstone building of late Brabant Gothic style was originally part of a vast building complex, divided and partially demolished over the centuries. This mansion, restored and transformed several times, is articulated around a main courtyard. The interior still holds pieces of furniture from the XVI and the XVIII century.

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The old door leading to the courtyard of this classified building

Details of the old Sundial

Today, the building hosts a restaurant and well as adjacent offices of the federation of Belgian Engineers.

A view of the Mansion in its entirety which is the last standing in Brussels of the 15th century Burgundian period.

La maison des chats

La maison des chats or what would be translated into English as The House of Cats is a Flemish Neo-Renaissance building that won a first prize at the facade Contest organized by the City between 1872 and 1876 in the context of laying out the new Center boulevards. Designed according to the project of H. Beyaert, this building dating from 1874 promotes a “national” style, inspired by local models. The traditional and typical patterns of Flemish architecture are interpreted with it and freedom to show the revival of art and culture in Belgium.

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Maison des chats Bruxelles

Details of the first floor balcony

Details of the first floor balcony maison des chats

second floor balcony

second floor balcony maison des chats

Colonial Belgian Architecture

A few places in the center of Brussels still have remnants it’s colonial times and display Art inspired by the vegetation and animal life of the once Belgian Congo, The most recurrent theme is the banana.

As seen here on top of a building at 75 rue Antoine Dansaert

The building was erected in 1927 for Gerard Koninckx Frères an exotic fruit wholesalers by Eugene Dhuicque.

Multiple banana motifs can be seen and for a good reason, this is the fruit that made the fortune of many merchants in the beginning of the 20th century.

An attractive display of glazed stoneware

Next Building at 7 rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains displays an African woman with a full basket of various local fruits of the Congo.

Similar decoration found also on the right side

Last example of the fruitful trade in bananas is located at 34 boulevard d’Ypres. Again built for Gerard Koninckx Frères, this pretty Art Deco building was decorated with golden fruits & bananas on top of the columns of it’s facade.

Atomium Expo 58

On April 17th 1958, under a grey sky, Expo 58 opens its doors to visitors for a period of six months. By staging this prestigious exhibition, Belgium wants to show its know-how in such varied fields as atomic energy, metallurgy, urbanism and transport. The Atomium, spectacular symbol of the atomic age is the sole survivor of the 1958 World Fair. It represents an Iron crystal molecule magnified 185 billion times. At a height of 102 meters or 330 feet, the structure consists of nine spheres, each measuring 18 meters or 59 feet in diameter which altogether weighs 2400 tons. Conceived by engineer André Waterkeyn, the iron molecule took 18 months to design and as many months to built. Celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year many events are taking place until October to commemorate it.

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Atomium from a distance

Atomium from a distance

A bit closer

From just under the Atomium

From just under the Atomium

Different perspectives of the structure

Different perspectives of the atomnium

Inside the Atomium everything is memorabilia dedicated to the Expo ’58

Inside the Atomium everything is memorabilia dedicated to the Expo '58

The design and lights of the staircase somewhat made me remember the spaceship in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The design and lights of the staircase somewhat made me remember the spaceship in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

More of the Brussels World’s Fair era

More of the Brussels World’s Fair era

Atomium Elevator

Atomium Elevator

Inside another sphere of the Atomium

Inside another sphere of the Atomium

And up again we go

elevator atomnium

TV room

TV room

More stairs with a Stanley Kubrick feel to them

More stairs with a Stanley Kubrick feel to them

Atomium Bar

Atomium Bar

View of some of the spheres around

View of some of the spheres around

Back downstairs for the lift to the top. In 1958 this was the fastest in the World which still feels pretty quick 50 years later.

Back downstairs for the lift to the top. In 1958 this was the fastest in the World which still feels pretty quick 50 years later.

View of the city of Brussels from the top of the Atomium

View of the city of Brussels from the top of the Atomium

Mini-Europe, Brupark and the Heysel stadium view from Atomium

Mini-Europe, Brupark and the Heysel stadium view from Atomium

The palais du Heysel in the back and the ADAM Museum on the right seen from Atomium

The palais du Heysel in the back and the ADAM Museum on the right seen from Atomium

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