King's House (Maison du Roi/Broodhuis) - Brussels, Belgium
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 50° 50.814 E 004° 21.163
31U E 595230 N 5633671
Quick Description: The building in the Grand Place that was originally built to make a political statement.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date Posted: 7/23/2011 4:21:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMC441
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 29

Long Description:
After the Brussels Town Hall was built in the Grand Place, it became a symbol of growing municipal power. In response to this perceived threat, the Duke of Brabant, to re-assert his power, built, between 1504 and 1536, an even larger building directly across from the town hall. It was constructed on the original, unused, site of the cloth and bread markets. The structure became known as the King's House (Maison du Roi), even though it was never occupied by the King. In Dutch, it's called the Broodhuis (Breadhouse), after the former bread market.

The French destroyed much of the building in 1695. It was subsequently stabilized and used for different purposes. In 1860 the mayor of Brussels convinced city authorities to restore the King's House. The current neo-Gothic building is the design of the architect, Jamert. Since 1887, it has been home to the city's history museum. Where original statues, paintings, tapestries, many Manneken Pis costumes, and various historical artifacts are on display.

The stamp is part of an ongoing series issued by France, in 2007, depicting sights in European capitals.
Stamp Issuing Country: France

Date of Issue: July 2, 2007

Denomination: 0.54 €

Color: multicolor

Stamp Type: Single Stamp

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