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.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.