Looking like a Greco-Roman temple, the Eglise Saint Jacques-sur-Coudenberg sits on the edge of Place Royale. Originally a medieval abbey-church stood on this spot until it was demolished upon the orders of Charles Alexander of Lorraine. The new abbey and church was constructed between 1775-1776 and became the official church of of the Governors of the Hapsburgs Netherlands. During the French occupation of Belgium, the church was turned into a Temple of Reason and later into a Temple of Law. In 1802, it was returned to the control of the Catholic community. Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha became the first king of Belgium, Leopold I, on the church's front steps in 1831.
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Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.