Musees Royaux des Beaux Arts is situated in the downtown area on the Coudenberg.
It contains a large collection of paintings and sculptures that
belong to the state. Some of them date to the time of rule of
During Napoleonic Wars in the late 18th and early
19th century French revolutionary troops plundered Royal Museum of
Fine Art in Brussels along with the whole region. They moved stolen
goods to Paris. Only after defeat of the French Empire of Napoleon
all confiscated masterpieces were returned to their homeland.
Additionally kings William I and Leonid I purchased many art
paintings to increase their magnificent museum. Royal Museum
expanded considerably due to new works of Flemish, French and
Much of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts is reserved for
paintings of the Belgian masters dating to 14th- 18th centuries.
Numerous halls of the Museum is designated in numbers and letters
for easy way to find yourself around this large building. Today it
contains over 20,000 works of art: paintings, sculptures and etc.