Discovering the secrets of Brussels' cemeteries

What could be more original and unusual this autumn than exploring the past and immersing in the capital's history by visiting the cemeteries of Brussels? Veritable open air museums of funerary art where nature sometimes takes over, they are also the memory of Brussels.

As historical and artistic sites, the cemeteries of Brussels represent a cultural asset often overlooked by visitors. Yet, beyond the beautiful monuments, they are the final resting places of many leading Belgian figures who have etched their names in Brussels' and Belgian history.

In order to keep certain unusual sites from being forgotten, several organisations have decided to develop original guided tours there. From history and funerary art to the richness of the natural environment, curious visitors will learn the exciting stories of the people buried there.

Aside from the existing guided tours available upon request, several public guided tours are conducted during the All Saints holiday period. Here's a sneak peek...

In the footsteps and under the stones. Stories and legends of love and death...

Ixelles cemetery is the dream setting for many surprising, funny, or moving stories. Our narrated stroll invites you to get to know the illustrious men and women at rest under the headstones through their life and accomplishments and to tell mischievous legends and interpret tales haunted by death in a fairytale atmosphere. 

Date: Sunday, 5 November 2017 (Additional information)

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The Foundry Trails: Brussels Cemetery

A visit to the cemetery provides a unique look at the work of bronze smiths, especially those from the Compagnie des Bronzes.

In fact, the quality of the Brussels Cemetery's tombs and monuments owes a great deal to the city's foundries and artists. But the tour is not limited to bronze.

Through the richness of its heritage, this cemetery allows visitors to get a good grasp of the evolution of statuary through the styles, techniques, and materials used. It is also a unique gateway to the exploration of Brussels history through the figures who are buried here: Charles Buls, Jean Volders, César De Paepe, Charles Albert, Henri Beyaert, etc.

Date : Saturday, 11 November 2017 (Additional information)

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Ixelles Cemetery with Arkadia

If there is one place in Brussels that lets one encounter some of the biggest names inBelgian art from the 19th and 20th centuries while out for a stroll, it is indeed Ixelles Cemetery.

Architects Victor Horta and Adrien Blomme have found eternal rest here amongmen of letters and musicians such as Charles De Coster and Eugène Ysaye. Surprisingly, some artists are buried just a few metres from their works: another way to stand the test of time...

Date : available (NL, FR, EN) year round upon request in several languages

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