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Brussels (French: Bruxelles [bʁysɛl] (About this soundlisten); Dutch: Brussel [ˈbrʏsəl] (About this soundlisten)), officially the Brussels-Capital Region (French: Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest), is a region of Belgium comprising 19 municipalities, including the City of Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium. The Brussels-Capital Region is located in the central portion of the country and is a part of both the French Community of Belgium and the Flemish Community, but is separate from the Flemish Region (in which it forms an enclave) and the Walloon Region. Brussels is the most densely populated and the richest region in Belgium in terms of GDP per capita. It covers 161 km2 (62 sq mi), a relatively small area compared to the two other regions, and has a population of 1.2 million. The metropolitan area of Brussels counts over 2.1 million people, which makes it the largest in Belgium. It is also part of a large conurbation extending towards the Flemish cities of Ghent, Antwerp and Leuven, home to over 5 million people. Read more...

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Parc du Cinquantenaire is an urban public park with a complex of 19th-century buildings in the easternmost part of the European Quarter of Brussels, Belgium.

The centrepiece of the complex is the 1880 triumphal arch, and the horseshoe-shaped buildings surrounding the park esplanade.

The N3 main road and line 1 of the Brussels Metro pass underneath a partly open section in the middle of the park. The nearest metro stations are Schuman, to the west of the park, and Merode, immediately to the east. Under a new plan for refurbishing the complex however, the motorway will be closed, a new car park will be built under the park, and a new metro station called Cinquantenaire will be built close by.

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