St. Hubert Gallery
The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken (in Dutch: Koninklijke Serres van Laken), are a vast complex of monumental heated greenhouses in the park of the Royal Castle of Laeken in Brussels. The complex was commissioned by King Leopold II of Belgium and designed by architect Alphonse Balat. Built between 1874 and 1895, the complex was finished with the completion of the so-called 'Iron Church', a domed greenhouse that would originally serve as the royal chapel. Nowadays it’s the indoor swimming pool of the royal family, which you can not visit!
The total floor surface of this immense complex is 2.5 hectares (270,000 square feet). 800,000 liters (over 200,000 US gallons) of fuel oil are needed each year to heat the buildings.
The complex can only be visited in April-May during a two-week period. I went in 2008, your are too late for 2009! So…….. next opportunity is springtime 2010!!
Before visiting The Royal Greenhouses we had coffee at a sunny Grand Place (in Dutch: Grote Markt), the central market square of Brussels. We strolled by “Manneken Pis”. We also visited “The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula”.
Leaving Brussels we had a quick stop at the “Atomium”.