Photographer's Note

Maison du Roi is one of the buildings in Grand Place, Brussels. It stands across the square from the city hall. The Flemish name of it is "Broodhuis" (i.e. bread house). The origin of this latter name is that in this site a wooden construction stood in the 13th century where the bakers stored and sold bread. This building was replaced by a stone building in the 15th century and became known as Hertogenhuis (The Duke’s house) since the Duke of Brabant had his court here. Then the building was rebuilt during the reign of Charles V in Gothic style from 1515 until 1536. It was called Pretorium Regium since legal verdicts were pronounced here in the name of the King of Spain. This is how it got its French name Maison du Roi. No king has ever lived here. The present building was erected between 1873-1899 in neo gothic style. Today Maison du Roi is the Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles (City of Brussels Museum). Here you could see collections and exhibitions illustrating the development of Brussels and also the customes of Manneken Pis.

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Additional Photos by ulf eriksson (UlfE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
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