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Brussels, officially the Brussels-Capital Region, is the de facto capital city of the European Union (EU) and the largest urban area in Belgium. It comprises 19 municipalities. Brussels has grown from a 10th-century fortress town into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants. Hosting principal EU institutions and the headquarters of NATO, Brussels has been a main centre for international politics since the end of the World War II. Although historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels has become increasingly French-speaking since the 20th century. Today a majority of inhabitants are native French-speakers, although both languages have official status. Read more...

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Parc du Cinquantenaire is an urban public park with a complex of 19th century buildings in the easternmost part of the European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium.

The centrepiece of the complex is the by the 1880 triumphal arch, and the horse-shoe shaped buildings surrounding the park esplanade.

The N3 main road and line 1 of the Brussels Metro pass underneath a partly open section in the middle of the park. The nearest metro stations are Schuman, to the west of the park, and Merode, immediately to the east. Under a new plan for refurbishing the complex however, the motorway will be closed, and a new car park will be built under the park, and a new metro station called Cinquantenaire will be built close by.

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