Spanish Ambassador’s Residence (fully booked)
This neoclassical-style town house – the only remaining original building designed for this block by architect Tilman-François Suys, the mastermind behind the Leopold Quarter, in 1840 – underwent various major alterations in 1909, led by architect Édouard Pelseneer. The building was bought on 7 November 1919 by Rodrigo de Saavedra y Vinent, Marqués de Villalobar, on behalf of the Spanish government, which he represented as Minister Plenipotentiary to Belgium. It was intended for the Spanish Legation in Brussels. Today, it houses the Spanish Ambassador to Belgium’s official residence, called the ‘Marqués de Villalobar Ambassador’s Residence’. The interior has retained an elegant decorative scheme which owes a lot to the diplomat who gave the building its name, as he had the house refurbished and hung there works of art from his collection, as be seen from period photographs. The entrance hall’s grisaille painting depicting the Santa Cruz Palace in Madrid and also the bronze sconces illuminating the magnificent banister, as well as a reproduction – executed by a Belgian artist and located in the stairwell – of the coat of arms of Toledo adorning that city’s Puerta de Bisagra Nueva (New Bisagra Gate) all date from this period For a century, the rooms have served as the backdrop for receptions as well as private and official meetings. (Listed 04/04/1996)
During their visit to the residence, participants will be able to take the online virtual tour, a high-definition 3D experience providing information about the major works that can be found in the residence.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 14:00
Rue Montoyer/Montoyerstraat 26, Brussels-Extensions
By reservation only. Please bring proof of identity.