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Thursday, 06 May 2010
Congress Column

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A landmark in Brussels is this column situated on the Place du Congrès / Congresplein and commemorating the formation of the Belgian state and constitution by the National Congress in 1830-1831. The column itself was erected between 1850 and 1859. Allegedy it was inspired by Trajan’s Column in Rome but I’m sure there was no shortage of similar monuments around the world to copy. A statue of King Leopold I of Belgium surmounts the column, while as a memorial to the Belgian victims of the First World War, five unknown soldiers were buried at the foot of the monument, the 11th of November 1922. Their tomb is mounted by an eternal flame.

You can see the foxy graffito in the background of my photograph.

Posted by bigblue on 06/05/2010 at 08:47 AM
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