The Royal Quarter sits atop the Coudenberg (Cold Hill). This is where a vast palace was built in medieval times and became home to Charles V. The building suffered a major fire in 1731 and was pulled down, though the foundations can still be seen in the underground Coudenberg Palace museum (Place des Palais 7). From this ruin arose the grand area we now see with the Parc Royal, the Royal Palace and the museum quarter. It is also home to the Belgian government with stately ministry buildings and the federal parliament. Stand on Place Royale to see the Church of St-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg and, in the distance, the imposing Palais de Justice.
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