Congress ColumnCurrently Open
- Address: Place du Congrès, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium, Brussels
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:15 Mins
- Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Monument, Statue, Square, Family And Kids
Congress Column - Review
Inspired by Tranjan’s Column in Rome, statesman Charles Rogier commissioned this 47 metre high column and statue of King Leopold I. The purpose was to commemorate the the creation of the Constitution by the National Congress in 1831. The statues at the column’s base are of three dignitaries, representing the four freedoms guaranteed by the Belgian constitution:
- Liberty of Union by Charles Fraikin
- Liberty of Worship by Eugène Simonis
- Liberty of the Press and the Liberty of Education both by Joseph Geefs
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At the foot of the column is the Belgian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, commemorating the Belgian casualties of World War I.
How To reach Congress Column by Public Transport
- IC, ICT, P, S1, S2, S3, S6, S8, S10 stop Gare de Bruxelles-Congrès
- Subway 1, 5 stop Gare Centrale
- Buses 29, 66, 71, 86, N04, N05, N06, N08, N09, N10, N11, N12, N13, N16, N18 stop Arenberg
- Tram 92, 93; Bus N04 stop Congres
- Subway 2, 6 stop Madou
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Congress Column, Brussels Reviews
Place very nearby to royal palace ...It gives u balcony kind of view of a city wid breeze of fresh air..Can enjoy sun set too :)
Congress Column and Monument to the Unknown Soldier Situated right in the centre of the eponymous square, Congress Column is considered to be the most important commemorative monument in Belgium. It commemorates the holding of the first National Congress in 1830. 47 m high, it was built according to a design by Joseph Poelaert and inaugurated in 1859. It was only after the First World War that the Unknown Soldier was interred at its base. Two imposing bronze lions stand guard on either side of the flame which is relit every 11 November. Each of the four faces of the pedestal are adorned with a trophy bearing the initials of Leopold I. Sculpted by Louis Mélot, they feature the Arts, Science, Industry and Agriculture. The dates inscribed on them refer to major events in Belgium’s independence: September 1830 for the fight for independence; 10 November 1830 for the setting up of Congress, 7 February 1831 for the vote on the constitution and 21 July 1831 for the swearing in of Leopold I. Four female figures seated at the corners symbolise the fundamental freedoms (Religion, Association, Education and the Press). Encircled by three finely crafted rings, the lower part of the column is decorated with an allegorical relief of nine provinces surrounding the genius of the Nation, each topped with its respective coat of arms. A statue of Leopold I, designed by Guillaume Geefs, stands atop the upper dome of the column which is, at its summit, decorated with an elegant, finely wrought iron railing.
The monument is extremely beautiful and impressive, although there is no information in English about it whatsoever. It's a shame, I was very curious to inform myself about the purpose of those majestic lions and the ever burning flame.
Great place to visit and see the recognition and remembrance for lives lost
I really liked the status there