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The Palace of the Colonies stood at the edge of the 500-acre Tervuren Park, once attached to a royal chateau.  The chateau itself burned in 1867, and after the World's Fair Leopold decided to build a proper museum on the site of the chateau.  That meant hiring a French architect, ready to imitate Versailles.  Here is the result, courtesy of that architect, Charles Girault.  Not content, Leopold planned a World School and other buildings for the site, but he died in 1909, and they were never built. 

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