The Cinquantenaire, Park of the Fiftieth Anniversary, in Dutch Jubelpark, in Brussels was founded on occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the independence of Belgium in 1880.
On the former military training area, it was originally planned to organize a world exhibition for the independence celebration. The world exhibition took place in 1897. The park is 37 hectares in size and now used for the relaxation and for a sporting activity.
The triumphal arch
Between the Bordiau halls, named after the builder Gedeon Bordiau, a triumphal arch was planned as an entrance to the park. In 1880, however, only the Bordiau Halls were completed. This leads to a dispute between the government and King Leopold II. In 1905, the triumphal arch was completed with funds from the private property of the king.
At the top is a quadriga that symbolizes the province of Brabant. The other provinces are represented by Greek statues at the foot of the triumphal arch.
Curved colonnades lead to the exhibition halls.
Royal Museum of Armed Forces and Military History
The Koninklijk Legermuseum is located in the Northern Bordiau Wing and houses a collection of military technology from the Middle Ages to today. A special aviation section can be found in the North Hall.
Royal Museums of Art and History
The Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis is in the Southern Bordiau wing. In 1946 it was completely destroyed by a fire and had to be rebuilt.
The Autoworld museum in the South Hall, the Palais Mondial, shows a collection of vintage cars.
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