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Sumptuous Surroundings

Meticulously maintained landscaping stands firm guard over the entrance of Belgium's Royal Palace, first built in the late 1700s. For a few weeks every summer, King Albert II opens the Palace's doors for visitors. If you're in town, don't miss a self-guided wander through the lavish halls and richly gilded rooms. The interior is gorgeously decorated with paintings, low-hanging chandeliers, and other splendid accents, like the detailed gold molding that stamps geometric patterns along the walls and ceilings. Of particular note is the art commissioned by the queen which includes a glittering ceiling of inlaid Thai jewel beetles.

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