Bois de la Cambre

Ter Kamerenbos (Dutch) or Bois de la Cambre (French) is an urban public park on the edge of the Sonian Forest in Brussels, Belgium. It has an area of 1.23 square kilometres. The park lies in the south of the Brussels-Capital Region, and in the municipality of the City of Brussels. It is linked to the rest of the municipality by Avenue Louise, which was built at the same time the park was laid out, in 1861.

It comprises a small lake with an island in the centre, called Robinson's island. It is considered by many as one of the finest parks in Brussels.

The park was laid out in 1861 by Edouard Keilig, a German architect. Queen Marie-Henriette, wife of King Leopold II, often went riding in the park. The horsemans' battle bronze group at the entrance is the work of Belgian sculptor Jacques de Lalaing.

On June 17 1815, on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo English soldiers played a cricket match on a ground located in the area currently covered by the Park. Ever since is this area called la Pelouse des Anglais (The Englishmen's Lawn), although few are aware of the name. In 1965, the then British Ambassador in Belgium planted an oak tree and unveiled a bronze plaque to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this sporting and historical event.

In 1877, the chalet Robinson was built on the lake's island. The chalet was destroyed by a fire in 1991. The decision was made in 2006 to rebuild it and it reopened to the public in September 2009. The surface of the wooden building is approximately 300 sq meters, with a restaurant on the ground floor and a ballroom on the first floor. An electrical ferry boat links the island to the shores of the lake.

The main road around the lake has been closed to traffic on Saturdays and Sundays since the 1990s.

Source of description: wikipedia

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Geographical coordinates 50.8030000, 4.3820000
Address 1050 Brussels, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt

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