The Botanical Garden of Brussels stands on Rue Royale, near the Northern Quarter financial district in Brussels.
Originally founded in 1826 and partly designed by architect Tilman-François Suys, the main orangery (Le Botanique) is composed of a central rotunda with a dome, and two side aisles with windows at the ends.
After decades of financial uncertainty, the Belgian state bought the garden in 1870 and commissioned various fountains, electrical lighting, and an extensive program of sculpture that would both beautify the park and develop the country’s public art and artists. Fifty-two sculptures were executed between 1894 and 1898, a project overseen by two well-known sculptors, Constantin Meunier and Charles van der Stappen.
In 1938 most of the botanical resources were removed to the new site National Botanic Garden of Belgium on the outskirts of the city. The original garden now stands as a cultural center, while its historical statues, and its remarkable collection of species of large trees, stands intact.
It can be accessed by the Botanique/Kruidtuin metro station.
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