The Egmont Palace (Dutch: Egmontpaleis, French: Palais d'Egmont) is a large mansion at the Wolstraat / Rue aux Laines and the Kleine Zavel / Petit Sablon Square in Brussels, Belgium. Today it houses the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It was built between 1548 and 1560 by Françoise of Luxembourg and her son, Lamoral, Count of Egmont, first in Flemish Gothic style, later Renaissance. The fabric was dramatically transformed in the 18th century, when the building was clothed in classical style, while the property passed onto the Arenberg family. The plans for this stage are attributed to the early advocate of neoclassicism, Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni.
After a fire demolished the oldest part of the building in 1891, it was reconstructed in a uniform classical style.
The venue hosted the fencing events for the 1920 Summer Olympics in the garden. After the first World War the owner, the German Arenberg family, was forced to sell the building to the city of Brussels. In 1964 it was sold to the Belgian state. In 1977, the Egmont pact on the Belgian state reform was signed in the Egmont Palace during the second administration of Leo Tindemans.
Today, it is being used for receptions and meetings by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Much of the content of this article comes from the equivalent Dutch-language and French-language wikipedia articles (retrieved 7 August 2006).
- Sports-reference.com profile of the 1920 Summer Olympics fencing events.
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