The Chateau de Laken is the official residence of the Belgian royal family (the palace in Brussels proper is the official office of the monarchs business, not the official residence). It was originally constructed in 1772 as the residence for the governor of the Austrian Netherlands. It was nationalized by the Belgian state during the revolution of 1830, and given as a gift to the first Belgian monarch, King Leopold I.
Parts of the park surrounding the royal residence are open to the public, including the Chinese Pavilion and the Japanese Tower, monuments commissioned by King Leopold II after the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. The exquisite Art Nouveau greenhouses are only open for ten days each year, in April and May.
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