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Beguinage viewed from patio
Picturesque views nearby the restaurant ‘Zoeten Inval’
An aerial view of the whole Cheerful Belgium site
Anno 1900: a lovely waitress provides a musician with a pint of real Belgian beer
The folklore section, that’s where the action was. Even the stylish Ambassador restaurant was also a great place to dance
Cheerful Belgium contained the folklore section and the modern section.
This picture shows the Ostend pavilion which was located in the modern section
Typical middleaged Antwerp architecture: Uylenspiegel
An Expo hostess with a colleague
of Cheerful Belgium
Most of the historic replica buildings were mainly occupied by catering and shops.
Here a view of the Antwerp Square, a great place to eat and drink.
Not only restaurants but also a lot of café’s were part of this section.
Picture shows the Road to Brussel which was equipped with cosy outdour cafés
Picture shows the mayor of Cheerful Belgium and the bench of aldermen in the daily performances of their duties.
Le Cheval Marin: a remarkable step-gabled house
The House with the 3 Heads
Modern section: pavilion of Antwerp
The Chapel of the modern section
View to the modern section with Meli building in the center (Attractions park)
Fokloric parades met with general approval in Gay Belgium
The Martini pavilion
Diable au Corps
Cheerful Belgium / Gay Belgium
Vrolijk België / Belgiique Joyeuse
Since Belgium started building world fairs it has been a habit to add a folkloric little town reviving epochs of his history.
In 1958 architects suggested to share their task in adopting each a different period, from the start of the 16th century until the end of the 19th century.
The visitor who gets in trough the Archers Porch and gets out at the fun park is making a sort of walk trough time. To end it a modern section gives, by contrast an idea of the tendancies of our modern painter and sculptors.
Belgium 1900, the first chosen name of this section, was created and organised by 32 Belgian breweries.
About 150 histroric houses, mainly occupied by catering and shops were built on an area of 5 hectares.
Remaining buildings got accommodated by clubs and societies or were used as a service structure.
10 restaurants, 40 café’s and 5 dance halls, received the cheerful visitors with open arms.
Also there was a large party hall, a cinema, two theatres and a few squares for open air parties. Even a shooting hall for crossbows was part of it.
A real contribution to the historic atmosphere were the daily demonstrations of old crafts such as pottery and ceramics, making bobbin lace and lute building .
But most of all, Cheerful Belgium was the place to be for food, beer and a lot of fun !
The historic part of this section got set up as a real little village with small alley’s between the historical buildings. With cozy courtyards and squares, it was the perfect location for street parades, popular parties, folk dancing and other public amusement.
The modern part gave cause to contrast with the historic part thanks to futuristic buildings like the Antwerp en Ostend pavilions, the Martini building and the ultra modern Expo chapel.
1. Rue D'Ostende
2. Rue Du Theatre
3. Chaussee De Bruxelles
4. Place Uilenspiegel
5. Place Du Doux Accueil
6. Place Des Archiducs
7. Place Ducale
8. Grand Place
9. Cour Du Diable Au Corps
11. Galerie De La Belle Epoque
12. Montagne De La Cour
13. Place Du Fourquet
14. Rue De Theatre
Gay Belgium Occupants
This list contains the members of the “co-operative society of Belgique 1900”:
Brasseries & pubs
1. Brasserie d' Alken
2. Brasserie des Alliés
3. Brasserie Artois
4. Brasserie De Blieck
5. Brasserie Breda
6. Brasserie Caulier
7. Brasserie Chevalier Marin
8. Brasserie Le Coq d'Or
9. Brasserie Le Cornet
10. Brasserie De Gheest
11. Brasserie de l'Ecluse
12. Brasserie Exelcior
13. Brasserie Grade
14. Brasserie De Haecht
15. Brasserie Hougaerde
16. Brasserie Imperial
17. Brasserie Ixelberg
18. Brasserie Jack-Op
19. Brasserie Kruger
20. Brasserie Labor-Hainaut
21. Brasserie Lamot Limited
22. Brasserie Leopold
23. Brasserie Maes
24. Brasserie de la Marine
25. Brasserie Martinas
26. Brasserie Meiresonne
27. Brasserie La Perle
28. Brasserie Piedboeuf
29. Brasserie Roelants
30. Brasserie Vandenheuvel
31. Brasserie Wielemans
32. Brasserie Zeeberg
Stores & Shops
1. Chocolaterie Victoria
3. Cristalleries du Val St. Lambert
4. Pottery Hutois
5. Ceramics of Namur
6. Grand Marnier
About sixty remaining buildings were occupied by the privat sector, clubs and associations like ‘Manneke Pis’.
Province of Western Flanders
Province of Antwerp
Province of Namur
Province of Limbourg
Province of Liege
Cabaret du Diable au Corps
Pavilion of Ostend
Pavilion of Antwerp
Gates / Entries
Gate of Gay Belgium
Modern Section bridge