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Carolus Festival

Renaissance Brussels

The Renaissance was a time of great change in Europe: innovations in the arts and sciences, a new view of Man and the world... European culture borrowed these new ideas from Italy and the East. The Carolus V Festival offers a series of events showcasing Europe's Renaissance heritage and history. The name Carolus V refers to Charles V, the most powerful sovereign of the 16th century, who received his first inheritance in 1515 in Brussels, now the capital for 500 million Europeans.
The historical and festive programming fits into the cultural theme of "the European routes of Emperor Charles V".

The network of "European routes of Charles V" is now recognised by the Council of Europe's European Institute of Cultural Routes based in Luxembourg. This historical tourist route, which Brussels joined in 2013, links the places that marked the reign of Charles V and the towns he passed through before ending his days in Yuste, the monastery to which he retired after abdicating in Brussels in 1555. This international network of partners has received the highest European distinction for the work it has done over a number of years in the area of Europe-wide cultural and tourism cooperation.

Underground Paper Chase: Treasure Hunt for the Golden Fleece

Underground Paper Chase: Treasure Hunt for the Golden Fleece
Set off with the family in search of the collar of the Golden Fleece in the underground remains of the old palace of Brussels. The young Charles V needs you to find the password that will open the treasure chest.

Mini-map sized for Carolus V

Mini-map sized for Carolus V
Brussels is a city with a fascinating past and present. On this trail, you'll be immersed in the ambience of the 16th century, an era when Emperor Charles V reigned supreme, and you'll discover part of the great history of our capital.
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