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5/50.- Brussels, the Maison du Roi

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This pretty building is called the King’s House in French, but no king has ever lived there. In Flemish it is more appropriately called Broodhuis (Bread House), attesting to the fact that at one time it used to be the Bakers’ Hall. It was subsequently rebuilt to house the administrative offices of Charles V. It is here that the martyrs of the Reformation, Henry Voes and Jean Van Eschen as well as Egmont and Hornes were executed. Today, it hosts the Museum of the City of Brussels.

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