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Leopold II at Jardin du Roi Leopold II at Jardin du Roi

Statue: Leopold II at Jardin du Roi

{On the front of the plinth:}
LEOPOLDO II
AEDIFICATORI
URBISQUE
DESCRIPTORI
{On the right hand face of the plinth:}
He created this garden and donated it for our rest and our joy.

Original inscription:

{On the front of the plinth:}
LEOPOLDO II
AEDIFICATORI
URBISQUE
DESCRIPTORI
{On the right hand face of the plinth:}
IL CREA CE JARDIN ET EN
FIT DONATION POUR NOTRE
REPOS ET NOTRE JOIE

The garden (and the statue) were created the year of the king’s death, 1909. The king bought the land in 1873 (as part of a mutually beneficial deal done with the development company building avenue Louise). He bought it to create an urban garden for the people and he bequeathed it to the State provided that it be maintained in its initial state.

Site: Leopold II at Jardin du Roi (1 memorial)

1000, Jardin du Roi

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