French Embassy in Belgium/Résidence de France (fully booked)
The Résidence de France, facing Boulevard du Régent/Regentlaan, is a neoclassical-style mansion built by architect Jean Culot for Viscount Charles de Spoelberch de Lovenjoul, a bibliophile with a passion for French romanticism. On his death, he bequeathed his collection of original manuscripts to the Institut de France, along with his mansion, which was to serve as the residence of the Ambassador of France to the King or Queen of the Belgians. A garden, created in 1910, which was redeveloped in 1961 by René Pechère and again in 2019 by Erik Dhont, leads to the diplomatic chancellery, built in 1909 by French architect Georges Chedanne. This building is now listed, being the only example of French Art Nouveau style in Brussels. Inaugurated in 1911, it proclaims the values of the French Republic on its façade, with characters symbolising Liberty, Equality and Fraternity depicted beneath garlands of foliage. Edgar Brandt’s monumental gate bears unique testimony to the revival in the use of wrought iron in the first decade of the 20th century. These historic buildings have been witnesses to and protagonists in French diplomacy in Belgium. (Listed 17/06/2010)
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Guided tours by Embassy staff: Sat. at 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00 and 16:30.
Sat. only, 10:30 to 17:00
Rue Ducale/Hertogsstraat 65, Brussels
Guided tours and by reservation only. Proof of identity required.