The Royal Square – Coudenberg is underneath this..



Part of the complex underground, spectacularly restored






From the 11th to the 18th Century, a castle overlooked Brussels from Coutenberg Hill to the East of the town. It was destroyed by fire during the night of 3rd February 1731 and the remains were subsequently pulled down and the ground flattened to make room for a new Royal District.


Ancient windows


A labyrinth of rooms within the old palace

Recently opened after extensive archaeological work, the remains have been showcased into a major tourist attraction. During the visit, you walk underneath the Royale road and the Royale Square, cars and busses rumble overhead and you come out of the ‘dig’ close to the Music Museum, nearly 1km away.

Many of the buildings were commissioned and built during the reign of Charles v (1500-1558), the formidable Charlemagne. These include a huge banqueting hall, the Aula Magna. Visitors are also able to walk along the main street of the complex.


A partial wall


Where you come out – the Music Museum




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