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Ambiorix Square
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A visit to Square Ambiorix will be a delightful experience for the lovers of formal gardens with geometrical layout in almost perfect symmetry. The name of the square is a tribute to the Belgian national hero, the Gaul, Ambiorix, who belonged the resistance of a Belgian Gallic tribe against the rule of Julius Caesar. The Ambiorix Park is placed in the centre of the Belgian capital city, in the heart of the European district. The construction of this site was a result of a town planning scheme of the north-eastern district.

According to plan the water coming from the heights of Schaerbeek and Woluwe was to be collected and reduced through a cascade towards the old pond Saint-Josse. In 1875, the architect Gedeon Bordiau conducted the construction of the complex including a succession of cascades, flowing through three squares, interconnected with an avenue and a natural grotte serveing as a pool at the smaller square (Marie-Louise) where a 15 metres high fountain decorates the scene.

Thus, benefiting from the natural undulation of the ground, a succession of basins were dug, of which the first is at the Marguerite public garden. Renowned architects took part in the building of the surrounding houses one of them being the famous Victor Horta. The entire complex prides in being embellished by sculptures of 19th-century artists such as Emile Namur, Jef Lambeaux and Constantin Meunier. Nowadays, Ambiorix Square and the neighbourhood around it present the old Brussels charm and are a part of the aesthetic, historical and cultural heritage of the city.

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