Leopold Quarter

Brussels, Belgium

Leopold Quarter

The Leopold Quarter (French: Quartier Léopold, Dutch: Leopoldswijk ) is a quarter of Brussels, Belgium. Today the term is sometimes confused with the European Quarter, as the area has come to be dominated by the institutions of the European Union and organisations dealing with them, although the two terms are not in fact the same, with the Leopold Quarter being a smaller more specific district of the municipalities of the City of Brussels, Etterbeek, Ixelles and Saint-Josse-ten-Noode.

The Leopold Quarter traditionally encompassed the area immediately south of the inner ring road, between the Namur Gate and Louvain Gate. Today it lies roughly between the ring road, Leopold Park, Rue Joseph II/Jozef II-Straat, and Rue du Trône/Troonstraat. The district was created in 1837, soon after Belgian independence, as a prestigious residential area for the elite of the new Belgian capital, and was named after King Leopold I. It remained the most prestigious residential address in the capital until the early 20th century when many of its former residents began to relocate to Brussels' newly developing suburbs. Starting at that time, but accelerating rapidly only after the 1950s, it increasingly became a business/institutional area and is today dominated by the EU's facilities.

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