Place du Congres Travel Blog› entry 15 of 19 › view all entries
Our next stop on our walk through Brussels was an interesting one. An eternal flame caught my eye as we walked across the street toward this large column. It is called the Congress Column (Colonne du Congres in French and Congreskolom in Dutch) and it's located on the Place du Congres/Congresplein.
The statue is said to commerorate the formation of the Belgian state and constitution by National Congress in 1830-1831. It is inspired by Trajan's Column in Rome. Apparently there are 193 spiraling stairs inside and the statue stands at 47 meters high. There are several sculptures/statues on the column itself. Atop the statue is Leopold I and four sitting statues at the base represent the major constitutional liberties and there are the bronze lions in front. The lions are, uh, well, hmmm, perhaps a little anatomically correct which yielded many giggles from the tourists taking photos in front of us.
There is a memorial to Belgian victims of the WWI - five anonymous soldiers were buried at the foot in 1922 and there is mounted the eternal flame.