At the Market Place, opposite the Town Hall, stands another of the remarkable historical Buildings of Brussels. The beautiful neo-gothic building with its many decorative statues is the "Maison du Roi" in French or "Broodhuis" in Dutch. It now harbours the historical City Museum.
The Dutch name "Broodhuis" (i.e. bread house) clearly shows what the origins of this building were. In the beginning of the 13th century a wooden construction stood here. It was used by the bakers to sell their bread. In 1405 a stone building replaced the original wooden bread hall. When during the early 15th century the bakers turned to selling their products from house to house, the ancient bread hall began to be used more and more for administrative purposes by the Duke of Brabant, hence the French name "Maison du Roi". During the reign of emperor Charles V, the King's House was rebuild in flamboyant Gothic style from 1515 until 1536. In one of the rooms of the building the counts of Egmont and Hoorne spent their last night before their execution by order of Filip II of Spain on the Grand-Place on June the 5th 1568.
After the French bombardment of 1695 the building was restored as far as necessary to keep it from collapsing. In the following centuries it was used for different purposes (e. g. as "Maison du Peuple - the people's house, after the French revolutionists had taken over power in the country at the end of the 18th century).
In 1860 the mayor of Brussels, JULES ANSPACH, had convinced the city authorities to buy the old King's House which was then in a sorry state. The entire building had to be build up from scratch. The restoration was done in the then fashionable neo-gothic style. The architect JAMAER was clearly influenced by the early 16th century town hall of the City of Oudenaarde. On June the 2nd 1887 the King's House became the City Museum of Brussels On exhibition are original statues of the town hall, paintings, wall tapestries and different artifacts which have a relation to the history of the city.
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lousat (81112) 2011-12-26 2:06
Hi Daniel,the sharpness isn't the top but i think you haven't the tripod whit you and were very difficult to make better.Great perspective and magnificent colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO
rodgerg (55767) 2011-12-26 2:09
I work in Brussels and I know this famous edifice. Good night's shot with the dored and coloured light which arise very well. Details of the architectur well collected too.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-12-26 2:27
a beautiful nocturnal photo of this amazing building, the composition is attractive, superb lights and details, TFS! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!
delpeoples (54463) 2011-12-26 3:44
I hope that you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year. You have posted a beautiful nocturnal image, with excellent exposition and colours.
ChrisJ (102789) 2011-12-26 5:12
I understand the problems of night photography. I accidentally knocked the VR onto 'off' in the dark, and didn't realise until I looked at the camera in a well lit room. The sharpness is adequate, but could be better. However the color & composition are superb. Tfs!
Sergiom (65271) 2011-12-26 5:29
Que de belles couleurs pour mettre en valeur ce superbe immeuble de la grande place de Bruxelles.J'ai eu le plaisir de voir ce spectacle de sons et lumière et c'est saisissant.
adramad (39770) 2011-12-26 7:33
Great composition with the King's House that this lighting is fantastic with a wonderful touch.
Good sharpness and contrast. Enjoy these days before the New Year.
Nicou (127852) 2011-12-26 8:03
super compo de cette facade toute illuminée, mervielleuse lumière et perspective, fantastique iamge et compo.
Bravo et amitié
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-12-26 8:14
Ola Daniel ,
Boa foto nocturna deste belo palácio tem uns belos detalhes de arquitectura e uma bonita decoração de luzes, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
emilbo (22616) 2011-12-26 9:46
Magnifique photo de nuit qui nous met bien dans l'ambiance des Fêtes. Excellente composition et exposition à 1/8 de sec. J'aime bien cette photo prise en diagonale, belle architecture et merveilleuses couleurs.
Tous mes meilleurs voeux à l'approche de la Nouvelle Année,
mauro61 (52631) 2011-12-26 11:23
contrasto di luci su questa bella e ricamata facciata che hai ripreso con un buon POV dal basso.
Ancora auguri per queste feste.
jjcordier (78372) 2011-12-26 22:58
La Maison du Roi prend de superbes couleurs nocturnes. Dommage que la photo manque un tout petit peu de netteté!
claudeD (34813) 2011-12-27 3:31
Very good picture from Brussels with a good light managment and sharpness. I like the night views of architecture very much. Have a fine day. TFS.
with regards from Luxembourg
Cricri (110295) 2011-12-27 9:48
Une bien jolie prise nocturne du Palais, joliment colorées par l'ambiance des éclairages, bravo
Meilleurs voeux 2012
Silvio1953 (128399) 2011-12-27 11:43
Ciao Daniel, fascinating nocturne shoot with splendid light and fantastic colors, a little lack of sharpness but lovely composition and great perspective, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
divail (8334) 2011-12-27 19:28
Les couleurs de cette maison sont très belles, et nous permettent d'admirer l'architecture des arches dans toute leur splendeur. C'est une belle photo de nuit.
abmdsudi (45694) 2011-12-28 7:54
A mesmerising night shot, in excellent pov of this magnificent building
in all its splendour, is a real cracker as the colours and detail are out of this world.
Well exposed in fine clarity with the contrast against the dark sky adding to the
impact of the scene. This makes an intriguing image. Just fascinating!
kasianowak (7409) 2013-05-01 5:45
I agree - this is probably the most beautiful square in Europe (but I strongly suggest you should also take a look at Krakow :)
I didn't realise Brussels was your second home. It's a bit like me and London... :)