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The fair city of Brussels has formed the subject Hotel de Belle Vue: a large first-class establish- of the warmest eulogiums from three of our ment, kept by Mr. Dremel.
greatest modern poets—Byron, Scott, and Southey ; Hotel de Flandre, first-class, in the Place Royale;
and no person who visits it in the present day belongs also to Mr. Dremel.
will say that their praises are exaggerated or unHotel Mengelle, 75, Rue Royale; English and
deserved. No traveller, visiting the lower town, who
observes its noble streets and mansions, its magAmerican Hotel; replete with every modern com
nificent arcade known as the Passage de St. Hubert, fort. Lift. Highly recommended.
inhabited by the mercantile part of the community, Grand Hotel de Brussels, 71, Boulevard Central;
and then proceeds to the upper or "west end" of 200 handsome rooms, with every comfort; baths;
the city, commencing with the Place Royale, emhighly recommended. Lift.
bellished by the church of St. Jacques sur Hotel de l'Europe, Place Royale. Table d'hôte
Caudenberg, with its fresco painting, which is at 5 and 7.
seen to much advantage when the sun streams ont Grand Hotel Britannique, first-class hotel, situ- its setting glories upon it, and illuminates the vivid and Place du Trône, near the King's Palace and colours with magical effect, and the statue of the li we Boulevards; recommended.
crusader, Godfrey of Bouillon, thence to the Place Hotel de l'Univers, in the centre of the town, des Palais, and there admires the pleasing coupnear the North Railway station.
đạil formed by the King's Palace, the Palace of Barber's Hotel de France, Rue Royale, an old
the Prince of Orange, the beautiful and unbrageous established, first-class hotel.
Park, the magnificent Rue Royale, the noble Hotel de Suède, Rue de l'Evêque, first-class hotel, buildings in the Rue de la Loi and the splendid overlooking the new Boulevards.
view from the Place du Congrès, but will exclaim
that the beauty of the tout ensemble, the neatness Hotel de Saxe, Rue Neuve, lower town.
and cleanliness of this part of Brussels, render it Grand Hotel Gernay, corner of the Boulevard
one of the most charming cities in Europe, and du Nord and the Boulevard Botanique; clean and
impart a becoming dignity to the seat of the comfortable.
Belgian government. Its former walls are replaced Hotel de la Poste, Rue Fossé aux Loups; Hotel | by broad well-planted Boulevards above 4 miles de Hollande, Rue de la Putterie.
long, with convenient tramways all round. The Hotel du Grand Miroir, central situation, Rue de Senne is now covered in, forming one of the finest la Montagne, near the Galeries St. Hubert. streets in Europe, whether for length and widt, Hotel de l'Empereur, 63, Rue Neuve, near the
or for the beauty and architectural variety of its
buildings. station. Hotel Central.
Its history presents a succession of eventHotel de l'Industrie.
ful scenes and tragical episodes. At one period English Hotel, second-class, 44, Rue de Brabant, depopulated by the plague, produced by 13 months opposite the North station.
of consecutive rain; at another epoch its citizens
decimated by the atrocious cruelties of the Duke English Boarding Houses.—At 23 and 24, Boulevard de Waterloo, by Mr. Wiltcher. At 26, Rue
of Alva, the Spanish Regent; by civil wars and de Vienne, by Mrs. Janssens Jamagne. At 45,
revolutions; religious persecutions of the ProAvenue de la Toison d'Or, by Mr. B. De Boeck.
testants by the Catholics, of the Jews by the
Objects of attraction in Brussels.—The Arzée, 14, Boulevard du Régent.
Town Hall and Grande Place. Cathedral and other French and English Pension.-10, Rue Caroly, churches. Bourse. Palais de Beaux Arts. Museum. Mrs. Gachet.
Galérei de St. Hubert. The Palace of the Duc р
d'Aremberg, and the Square du Petit Sablon. basin in the centre, and another in the principal Palais de Justice. The Botanical Gardens, and avenue, with a beautiful fountain, add to the the “Musée Wiertz," near the Parc Léopold and attractions of this delightful spot. At the N.E. the Luxembourg station. The Monument of corner is the Théâtre du Parc, and an enclosure Egmont and Hoorn. The Fontaine de Bronskere called the Vauxhall, where the Opera Band gives at the Namur Gate, The Bois de la Cambre. concerts every evening at eight o'clock, May to The Exchange. Finally, the Town Park, with September, admission 1 franc. the King's Palace on one side and the Houses of The following are the principal buildings surParliament on the other.
rounding the Park:The city of Brussels, which is called in French, The King's Palace, -A large and vast edifice, Bruxelles, and in Flemish Brussel, is in the form of which is now being completely remodelled. Its a pear, and is built partly on an acclivity, once interior, visible only in the absence of the King, covered by the forest of Soignies, and partly is magnificently furnished. Under the French, on a plain. Its name has been derived from this Palace was the Hôtel de la Préfecture. Brug-Senne (bridge over the Senne), but the word Napoleon and the Empress Josephine lodged in it Brucsella is found as early as the 8th century. in 1807, and Maria Louise in 1811. It has several The climate is temperate, and, although extremely suites of very noble rooms, and has been convariable, and somewhat moist, it is healthy, par- siderably enlarged by Leopold II. A flag is hoisted ticularly in the higher part of the town. It has
when the King is there. been computed that during the year, upon an The Gallery of Paintings collected by King Leoaverage, there are 17 days of snowy weather, 11 pold is well worth visiting; moreover, there are of hail, and 149 of rain. The manufactures of several paintings of peculiar interest to English Brussels consist principally of its far-famed lace; visitors, viz.: a portrait of the lamented Princess bronzes; carriages, remarkable for their elegance, Charlotte, a beautiful one of the late Queen of the comfort, light appearance, and solidity; beer of Belgians, several others of great merit and integenerally esteemed quality; printing and hanging rest; for instance, those of the King of the French papers; horse hair and woollen stuffs; painted and his Queen, Marie Amelie; and last, though porcelains; furniture; soaps; and chemical pro- not least, two full-length portraits of Queen Vicductions. There are also lithographic and printing toria and Prince Albert, by Winterhalter. establishments, especially of books; type foun
The Palais des Académies, formerly Palace of the dries; and sugar refineries.
Prince of Orange, is close to the King's Palace, The Place Royale, near St. Jacques Church, is one The late King of Holland erected it at the cost of of the beautiful architectural creations of the last
the city, and presented it to that Prince. It is century, by the architect Guimard. It presents a now Government property, and contains 12 wall monumental aspect, and is remarkable for the paintings of Belgian history, by Slingeneyer; also grand regularity of its appearance. On one side it
a Museum of Casts. A statue of Quetelet, director opens to Rue Royale and the Royal Palace; on the
of the Observatory, stands in front. other, to the Palace of the Count of Flanders (the
The Chambers of Representatives, or Palais de king's brother), Rue de la Régence, and the Palais
la Nation, are situated in the Rue de la Loi. They de Justice. An equestrian Statue of Godfrey de
were built by the Empress Maria Theresa. The Bouillon, the celebrated chief of the first Crusade, Senate House is adorned with a series of nine adorns the square. It is a fine work of art in subjects from Belgian history, including Charlebronze, by M. E. Simonis.
magne, Godfrey of Bouillon, Charles V., &c., by The Park is an enclosure in the higher town,
M. Gallait, the celebrated historical painter. forming a square divided into avenues, lined with Strangers are admitted during the debates. The trees and intersected by beautiful walks orna
part containing the Chamber of Deputies and the mented with statues. It has three principal walks, | Library was burnt down 1883 (owing to the gasplanted with lofty trees. It was one of the chief lights setting fire to the woodwork of the ceiling), scenes of action in the revolution of 1830. A fine l and rebuilt in 1885.
Musée or Old Museum, near Place Royale, | Hondecoeter,-A Crowing Cock. The Musée a pile of buildings, which includes the Picture Moderne contains a large and continually increasGalleries, ancient and modern; the Historic Gallery; ing collection, including works of Wappers, the Palais de l'Industrie; the Natural History Gallait (Taking of Antioch and Abdication Collection; the Royal Library; and the Palais des of Charles V.), Bièfve (Compromise of the Beaux Arts, in Rue de la Régence, where exhibi- Nobles, with portraits of Egmont, &c.), De Keyzer, tions and shows are held. In the square is Jehotte's and Verboekhoven, all well worth attention, as statue of Duke Charles of Lorraine. The Protestant specimens of the modern Belgian School. The colChurch is in the Ancienne Cour, adjoining it. lections of Painting and Natural History are open
The first object of attraction at the Musée is the to the public daily, including Sundays. Picture Gallery, which contains the best collection The Royal Library, Place du Musée, containing of pictures in Belgium; new purchases are con- 20,000 Manuscripts, is well worth an inspection. tinually being made, and few of the important The collection is an exceedingly valuable one, masters of the Flemish and Dutch Schools are collected by the Dukes of Burgundy. The Manuunrepresented, some of the paintings being of great scripts are rich in precious miniature paintings, merit and value. A good catalogue may be bought executed by Van Eyck's scholars. The Chronicle for 1 franc, but the pictures are frequently re- of Hainault, the Psalter of Louis de Mâle, and arranged. There is a considerable number of works the illuminated Missal of Charles V., done for of the French School, but none of any great im- Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, should portance. Those of the Italian and Spanish Schools be seen; also an authentic copy of the Cyroare comparatively few in number, and, excepting pædia of Xenophon, transcribed with his own a Claude Lorraine, (Æneas hunting with Dido), hand, by Philip le Bon, for the use of his son, are not worth any special notice. Among the most Charles le Téméraire, who lost it at the battle of remarkable of the Flemish and Dutch pictures are Nancy. The Library contains 300,000 volumes, the following:
and has been formed by the union of the libraries Van Eyck (early Flemish School), -Adam and of the State with that of Van Hultem, purchased Eve, originally forming part of the celebrated
at a cost of 315,000f. It is open each day (Sunday Adoration of the Lamb at Ghent, and given to the excepted), from ten to three. The reading-room State as unsuitable for a church, Erythræan and
is exceedingly comfortable. About 60,000 enCumæan Sibyls; Quentyn Matsys, --St. Anne, gravings are here, and a fine collection of medals. Holy Family; Dieric Bouts,-The Judgment of
In the same building is the Museum of Natural Otho III.; Memling,-Portrait, a Crucifixion, the History. In it are a series of the volcanic proBurgomaster Moreel and his wife; Van der Wey- | ducts of Vesuvius, and of the fossils of Maestricht. den-Chas. the Bold; De Crayer,--several large There are two gigantic skeletons of Iguanodons pictures; Jordaens-head of an apostle, Eleazer found in the coal measures of the Waine. and Rebecca; Rubens,-Adoration of the Magi, Musée Wierts, near the Station du Quartier Madonna and Child, Archduke Albert and his Leopold-Contains some extravagant but fine wife, Assumption, The Via Dolorosa, Christ casting productions; well worth visiting. Some of the thunderbolts on the wicked, Venus in the Forge principal are:-"Fight for the body of Patroclus of Vulcan, Chas. de Cordes and wife; Van Dyck,- (No. 1); “The Last Cannon” (No. 52); "The TriSt. Francis and St. Anthony, Burgomaster of umph of Christ" (No. 16); "The Lion of WaterAntwerp.
·loo " (No. 25;) “The Rosebud" (No. 37); “NapoDutch School. Teniers, -Temptation of St. lean in the Infernal Regions" (No. 28); “The Anthony, A Village Festival, The Five Senses, Dog in his Corner" (No. 96); “The Concierge A Village Landscape; Jan Steen,—The Gallant (No. 95); “The Precipitate Burial" (No.19), a fine Offer, The Haarlemmer Meer; Nic Maes, -Old picture. Woman Reading; Frans Hals,–Portrait of Will- The new Palais des Beaux Arts, at the entrance iam of Heythuzsen; Gerard Dow,- Himself of the Rue de la Regence, splendid building Drawing a Cupid; G. Metsu, -Breakfast Scene; 1 erected for the use of temporary exhibitions.