Discoveries in prospect
Important works have recently started at Coudenberg Palace in Brussels, in the transition area between the archaeological site and the museum section. The archaeological remains of the former palace and the Rue Isabelle will remain fully accessible to visitors throughout the works.
The work will focus on the garden of the Hoogstraeten House, which is next to the palace and houses the museum section, and will allow archaeological research complementary to that carried out 20 years ago. The excavations initiated by urban.brussels should take place this winter, under the supervision of archaeologist Sylvianne Modrie, who is also president of the Scientific Committee of Coudenberg Palace.
The excavations in this area should allow us to better document and reveal a part of the promenade wall that was hidden until now by a building from the 1930s, now under demolition. This walkway wall, built along the property's perimeter wall, provided a view of the private gardens of the de Lalaing family, Counts of Hoogstraeten, on the one hand, and an unobstructed view of the lower town and the collegiate church of St. Michael and St. Gudula on the other. It was also possible to identify, during the previous surveys, some levels of gardens of different houses of the 13th and 14th centuries. The excavations should reach the undisturbed soil in place and thus allow a mapping of the ancient topography of the Coudenberg hill.
At the end of the work in progress, the passage between the archaeological site and the museum will be completely redesigned and improved, in particular for people with reduced mobility, thanks to the creation of an access ramp and the installation of a lift.
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