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The Royal Palace of Brussels is a palace where the Belgian king exercises his position. He holds audiences and deals with state affairs.
The king does not live in this palace, but in the Castle of Laeken

When King Leopold I threw the throne, he could have a brand-new palace. In 1859 new plans were made to expand the palace. When the construction began again in 1865, the first king of the Belgians died. The young Leopold II received 700,000 francs from the state to decorate his home; A few salons got a new paint and the old staircase of the Di Belgioioso house was refurbished. Again, the building of the palace was delayed, but in 1877 the first phase was behind. However, the money was raised, so that the planned gold pledge had to be postponed. From this time, the monumental Eretrap and the Throne Hall, where Auguste Rodin took care of the bas reliefs. Leopold provided the palace of bronze gas lighters decorated with cut crystal.
However, the area of the palace was doubled. The king could now engage in the layout of the palace. By the end of the reign of King Leopold II, work was also carried out on the too strict and tough front, which originated from Dutch time. Because Suys had passed away, Henri Maquet was appointed. Financial problems were not there and construction could start again. The façade now gained a monumental character and was separated from the street by front gardens, all according to the plans of architect Maquet. The costs were considerable - thirteen million gold francs - and the work was not completed when the king died. After the completion of the façade, everything remained with the old one.

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