Programme

Walking tour

Brussels at the time of the Belgian Congo

© Brukselbinnenstebuiten

In the area around Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal station and behind the Royal Palace, there are many surviving buildings and other remnants of the colonial period. They include the Banque Belgo-Congolaise and the Air Terminus of former Belgian airline Sabena next to the station, the Ministry of the Colonies and the Cercle Royal Africain/Koninklijke Afrikaanse Kring in Place Royale/Koningsplein, the equestrian statue of Leopold II in Place du Trône/Troonplein and the bust of General Storms in Square de Meeûs/De Meeûssquare. What should be our attitude to this weighty legacy?

This tour will end at Square Patrice Lumumba/Patrice Lumumbasquare, near Porte de Namur/Naamsepoort. Afterwards, participants will be free to explore the Matongé/Matonge neighbourhood by themselves.

In cooperation with Brukselbinnenstebuiten.

Practical information

Sat. at 13:30 and 16:30 (FR), Sat. at 13:00 and 16:00 (NL) (duration: 2 hours)

Starting point: Urban Contact Point, Monts des Arts/Kunstberg 7, Brussels

Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.