- At its origin the rue Royale was one of four streets intended to border the Parc de Bruxelles. The road was laid out in 1776 to link the new place de Lorraine (today the place Royale) with the place de Louvain (Treurenberg). The city paid for the work and, in compensation, secured certain state lands and authority to collect taxes on all houses built, among other rights. It was called rue de la Liberté during the French regime and then rue Impériale during the French Empire. It constituted the street of luxury commerce par excellence in the 19th century, and it was extended beyond place de Louvain at that time.
Historical Dictionary of Brussels. Paul F. State.
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