Palace of the Nation/Federal Parlement
The Palace of the Nation, at the centre of a vast neoclassical-style architectural complex on the northern side of Parc de Bruxelles/Warandepark, has since 1831 been home to the Belgian Federal Parliament, comprising the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate. The building was constructed between 1778 and 1783, based on plans by Barnabé Guimard, to house the Sovereign Council of Brabant, the highest law court in the duchy of that name. That is why the main wing has an avant-corps featuring a pediment with a bas-relief sculpted by Gilles-Lambert Godecharle, depicting ‘Justice punishing Vice and rewarding Virtue’. In the peristyle, two pairs of Doric columns mark the vestibules leading to two monumental staircases. The one with a red carpet leads to the Senate chamber, designed by architect Tilman-François Suys and featuring paintings by Louis Gallait and Jacques de Lalaing. The other, green-carpeted, staircase leads to the Chamber of Representatives, rebuilt by architect Henri Beyaert following its predecessor’s destruction by fire in 1883. This chamber is where the swearing-in ceremony for a new monarch is held. In the Federal Parliament’s plenary chambers and committee rooms and corridors, including those of the recently-constructed Forum building that can be accessed via the Tondo (2020), Belgium’s elected national representatives consult and meet to carry out their legislative work. The Palace of the Nation also plays host to distinguished guests and many members of the public, who visit the building to discover the beating heart of Belgian democracy.
Guided tours: Sat. at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French) and at 10:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30 (in Dutch).
sign-languageGuided tours in French Belgian Sign Language: Sat. at 14:00. In cooperation with Arts & Culture.Guided tours in Flemish Belgian Sign Language: Sat. at 11:30.
Sat. only, 10:00 to 18:00
Rue de Louvain/Leuvenseweg 7, Brussels
Guided tours and by reservation only. Proof of identity required.