Belgian Royal Library : Michelin's recommendations
This exceptional library was created in the 15C, the time of the reign of the dukes of Burgundy in Belgium. It was first opened to the public in 1839 and was transferred to the Mont des Arts in 1969. The building includes the Nassau Chapel (or St George's Chapel), Book Museum, donation cabinets and the Printing Museum. Among the four million volumes it contains, the library has some magnificent collections: manuscripts, printed material, engravings, drawings, maps and plans, but also coins and medals. The Nassau Chapel is the remainder of the former palace of the same name. It was built in 1520 in the flamboyant Gothic style. Today, it is a place for temporary exhibitions. The Book Museum has some rare manuscripts and printed material. The donation cabinets contain a reconstruction of the workplace of Émile Verhaeren in St Cloud near Paris, that of Michel de Ghelderode in Schaerbeek and a cabinet devoted to the memory of Henry van de Velde and his friend Max Elskamp. In the Printing Museum, you will find a series of machines and presses dating from the 18C to 20C, which illustrate the history of printing and bookbinding. Do not miss this exceptional place if you like books and the history of Belgian literature.
- Address : bd de l'Empereur 2 B - 1000 Bruxelles1000Bruxelles
- Phone : 025195311
- Website : http://www.kbr.be
- Prices : 2.50 €
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