From its inception, the idea of erecting a plateau in the north of Brussels has been based on an ambition to develop the international image of Brussels.
20th century: It was not until the start of the 20th century that the site moved from being a purely rural area to becoming a new quarter.
1926: The City of Brussels bought all the land belonging to the royal family. Its ambition was to arrange the celebrations for the centenary of Belgium’s independence. The Parc du Cinquantenaire was too small, so the City wanted to erect a new exhibition complex on a national and international scale. It was a truly visionary project, something that is still apparent today.
1930: Stade du Centenaire (now Stade Roi Baudouin)
1935: Universal Exhibition. All the palaces designed by the architect Joseph Van Neck were built. Fairs and showrooms multiplied. These structures are seen as genuine feats of technique and design.
1958: Universal exhibition and inauguration of the Atomium
1987: Eurovision Song Contest