Hotel Ravenstein

Hotel Ravenstein (27)

When you reach number 3 of Rue Ravenstein, you will find that, despite its name, it is not a hotel, but both a restaurant that serves Belgian cuisine, and the private rooms of the Royal Society of Engineers. Historically, though, Hôtel Ravenstein has been used as the residence of several families of patricians, soldiers and court officials.  

The building was constructed at the end of the fifteenth and start of the sixteenth centuries for the enjoyment of Adolphe and Philippe Clèves-Ravenstein, after whom it was named. Later, in 1896, the building was purchased by the Council, which used it as a store for works of art. However, it deteriorated with the passage of time, until the architect Malfait undertook diverse improvements in 1934, which included the preservation of its robust facade, flanked by a turret. 

Take a good look at this building as it is the last remaining example of a Burgundy-style mansion. You will also notice that it comprises two compounds that were originally joined by stables and gardens. As mentioned before, even though both parts of the building are currently in private hands, you may still visit the smart interior courtyard and the crenelated wall. 

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