Programme

Walking tour

From the Sabena building to the former colonial administrative district

Ch. Bastin & J. Evrard©urban.brussels

Starting from the Wings Tavern, in the building formerly occupied by Belgium’s one-time national carrier Sabena and a gathering place for colonials in Brussels, this tour will immerse you in Belgium’s colonial history. It will proceed to Place de la Liberté/Vrijheidsplein – once home to Banque Industrielle Belge, the bank founded by Baron Empain, whose role in the colonisation process will be discussed – and pass in front of Lever House, the former headquarters of palm-oil company Huileries du Congo Belge. You will then pass by the statue of Henri-Alexis Brialmont, colonial advisor to King Leopold II, before heading to Parc de Bruxelles/Warandepark, near to which many colonial headquarters were located.

Throughout the tour, you will learn about the history of the Congo and how Leopold II, with the help of various companies, plundered the former colony.

In cooperation with E-Guides.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:00 and 14:00 (FR) and Sat. & Sun. at 9:30 and 13:30 (NL) (duration: 2 hours)

Starting point: in front of the Wings Tavern on the corner of Rue Cardinal Mercier/Kardinaal Mercierstraat and Putterie/Putterij, Brussels

Advance booking required. Up to 25 people per tour.