Association of the Order of Leopold
The highest and oldest national order of merit in Belgium, the Order of Leopold is a civil and military honour named after the first King of the Belgians. It was created at the instigation of Count Félix de Merode in 1832, just after Belgium became an independent country. An earlier organisation, the Société des Décorés de l’Ordre, was founded on 3 January 1856, but the Association as we know it today was established on 9 June 1934 at the behest of King Albert I. It is a way for recipients to meet and get to know each other better and also to help each other in times of need. Solidarity is therefore one of the Association’s key concerns. Funded through various activities, it looks after isolated or hospitalised members and may also take care of orphans if one of their parents was awarded the Order. It is based in a town house in Rue du Tabellion/Notarisstraat, whose reception rooms serve as the backdrop for Association meetings (general meetings and meetings of the Board) as well as conferences and cultural events. Other organisations, too, use the premises for some of their meetings. An exhibition will give you the chance to discover some of the Order’s most illustrious members and to learn more about its history, past activities and philanthropic initiatives and also the raison d’être behind Belgium’s national orders of merit and their involvement in social projects.
Guided tours: 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 and 15:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with E-Guides.
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 17:00
Rue du Tabellion/Notarisstraat 9, Ixelles/Elsene
Guided tours and by reservation only