The Golden Age

At the end of the 19th century, Belgium becomes the 5th biggest economical power in Europe.

Imagine the never ending stream of goods and merchandise to be transited through Brussels.
To handle this flow, a new port was urgently needed.

Tour & Taxis appeared to be the ideal location for the city majors: right next to the Canal, near the town centre and hardly urbanised at that time it was the site they choose to develop new maritime and railway facilities.

The site, inaugurated by king Leopold II in 1900, was tranformed into an ensemble of prestigious buildings in 10 years' time. They can still be admired today : The Royal Depot with its dependancies and the Maritime Station.
All this under the direction of the Belgian Railways who owned part of the grounds.The gigantic complex for custom clearance and storage of goods immediately became the central hub for transit of all the merchandise the city needed.

Today the buildings still testify in their architecture of this intense economic and industrial activity. In the sixties, when Tour & Taxis was at its zenith, more than 3.000 people worked on the site.

With the arrival of european customs it became obsolete, was gradually abandoned and finally sold.
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NIEUWE TOEGANG TOT DE SITE VAN TOUR & TAXIS

Naar aanleiding van de start van de bouw van het kantoorgebouw de « Meander » is de toegang tot de site gewijzigd. Download hier het nieuwe toegangsplan.

NOUVEL ACCÈS AU SITE DE TOUR & TAXIS

L’accès au site est modifié suite au début de travaux de construction de l’immeuble de bureau le « Meander ». Téléchargez ici le nouveau plan d’accès.

NEW ACCESS TO THE SITE OF TOUR & TAXIS

Due to the start of the construction of the office building the « Meander » Download here the new access plan.