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Palace of Charles of Lorraine

Opening hours:

Not open to the public (except venue hire).

KBR opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 9 am – 7 pm

Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm

KBR is temporarily closed to the public due to the Covid-19 measures.
Public entrance:

Via the main entrance to KBR.


Did you know that in 1839 the Royal Library of Belgium was housed in the Palace of Charles of Lorraine? The Palace now hosts KBR’s temporary exhibitions.



You can only enter the palace during our temporary exhibitions or at special events.



Charles of Lorraine was the governor of the Austrian Netherlands from 1744 to 1780. He was an avid art and science enthusiast and collector. His palace, the construction of which started in 1757, later housed the Royal Library’s reading rooms.

An impressive staircase, adorned with a statue of Hercules sculpted by Laurent Delvaux, leads up to the first-floor rotunda. The rotunda’s paving includes a central rosette made up of 28 types of Belgian marble, a sample of the Prince’s collection of 5,000 minerals. This wonderful floor art leads to five rooms decorated with stuccos and silk, where the governor would entertain his guests and take care of state affairs.


Venue hire

Are you looking for a unique venue in the center of Brussels? The rotunda of the Palace might be exactly what you’re after. The beautiful 18th century interior will ensure your event of a unique atmosphere. The space has a capacity of 130 people.

Are you interested in hiring this space? Please don’t hesitate to contact us on  +32 (0)2 519 53 11 or events@kbr.be.