BNP Paribas Fortis
On its establishment in 1822, the Algemeene Nederlandsche Maatschappij ter Begunstiging van de Volksvlijt (General Company of the Netherlands for the Promotion of Trade and Industry) set up its head office in Rue Montagne du Parc/Warandeberg, thereby choosing from the outset a prestigious neighbourhood, not far as it would turn out from Belgium’s official institutions when the country gained its independence some years later. In 1904, the bank, – which by this time was named Société Générale de Belgique/Generale Maatschappij van België and which would later become today’s BNP Paribas Fortis – purchased its first building in Rue Royale/Koningsstraat, followed by several adjacent buildings in 1922. When the complex was completely redesigned in 1972, the restoration was carried out in accordance with the town-planning and architectural rules laid down in the 18th century by Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa. Inside the building, a number of sumptuous reception rooms evoke the ambiance of that period. Beyond the Kings’ Room, lined with portraits of Belgian monarchs, the Lorraine Room has two tapestries featuring the coats of arms of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I (born Francis of Lorraine) and his wife, Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa. The Tapestry Gallery is hung with a set of tapestries, woven between 1742 and 1763 in the workshop of the Van der Borcht brothers and depicting scenes from the life of Moses. Steeped in history, these spaces provide unique meeting rooms for the bank’s clients and staff.
Guided tours giving visitors the chance to discover, among other things, various artworks from the bank’s art and cultural heritage collections: Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 (in French); 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Itinéraires, sur les Sentiers de l’Histoire and Klare Lijn.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 17:00
Rue Royale/Koningsstraat 20, Brussels
Guided tours and by reservation only
Accessible with assistance