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Hôtel Solvay

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An imposing Art Nouveau mansion by Victor Horta with original furnishings, this architectural gem remained hidden from the public for a very long time.

In 1894, Armand Solvay, son of chemist-industrialist Ernest Solvay, asked Victor Horta to design a house for him and his family. In the years that followed, the architect was given absolute financial freedom, which can be seen in the creative execution and the materials used. Everything in this stately mansion, down to the smallest detail, bears Horta’s stamp. In the 1950s, the Wittamer family established their haute couture workshop in the building and saved it from demolition and decay. And how! Their great care and the restorations they carried out helped the Solvay House to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000. As one of Horta’s most remarkable creations, this work of art is well worth a visit!