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History

The “Roy d’Espagne”, built in 1697, was originally the House of the Baker’s guild.
The name is due to the bust of Charles II which decorates the façade on the
second floor. In 1697 Charles II was the King of Spain and the sovereign of the
Southern Netherlands, which included the present day Belgium.

On the ground floor, above the entrance, watches Saint-Aubertus, the Patron Saint of the
bakers. The house, which suffered much damage during the French Revolution,
was renovated to its original state in 1902 under the impulse of the Mayor of
Brussels, Charles Buls. After having been a café and a hardware store of which
the first balcony remains, the house regained its vocation as a café in 1952.

 
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