Designed for Belgian industrialist Louis Empain, Villa Empain was sold to the Belgian state in the 1930s and became a modern cultural center and art deco icon. Admire the clean, Gastby-esque lines of the home, elegantly restored to their original intents. The home also functions as a museum dedicated to art from the Middle East, a pleasant side note to the masterpiece that is the house itself. The entire property is open for exploration, and it tends to be less crowded than other home-museums, making it a good bet for visitors who want to get up-close and personal with the design and architecture.
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