Palace of the Count of Flanders
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|Palace of the Count of Flanders|
Front view of the Palace
|Address||Rue de la Régence / Rekenhof|
|Town or city||B-1000 City of Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region|
|Construction started||18th century|
The Palace of the Count of Flanders (French: Palais du Comte de Flandre, Dutch: Paleis van de Graaf van Vlaanderen) is a neoclassical palace in Brussels, Belgium. It is situated on Rue de la Régence/Rekenhof, opposite the Museum of Fine Arts. It currently houses the Court of Audit of Belgium.
The elegant neoclassical residence was built in the late 18th century as the town house of Marquis Paul Arconati-Visconti, the then-mayor of Brussels.
The Count of Flanders bought the residence in 1866, one year before his marriage. He had the palace renovated by his architect Gustave Saintenoy. It features a small inner garden, which leads to the Entry of Honour. Saintenoy also designed the great ball room, but unfortunately this fine room was destroyed in 1921. Following the completion of the renovations, the new Count and Countess made it their family home. King Albert I was born there, and his brother, Prince Baudouin, died there.
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