Programme

Walking tour

A perspective on Congo-related colonial heritage

Wim ROBBERECHTS©urban.brussels

There are many traces of the colonisation of Congo to be found in Brussels. Indeed, this material heritage (particularly linked to King Leopold II) is so plentiful in Belgium’s capital that it would take days to explore it all on foot: street names, statues, commemorative plaques, artworks from the 19th century and later, buildings, institutions and clubs, all having a connection with the Belgian Congo. This tour will take you through the Luxembourg/Luxemburg neighbourhood, part of the Matongé/Matonge district and the Royal Quarter in the Upper Town. Along the way, you will come across civil servants of Leopold II, soldiers, industrialists, lawyers, bankers, missionaries, critical politicians and journalists, and learn more about the Royal Trust and the problematic nature of certain monuments and statues.

In cooperation with Culturama.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:30, 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30 (FR), Sat. at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 and Sun. at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 (NL), Sun. at 14:30 (EN) (duration: 2 hours)

Starting point: statue of industrialist John Cockerill, Place du Luxembourg/Luxemburgplein (tour ends at Place Royale/Koningsplein), Brussels

Advance booking required. Up to 18 people per tour.