However, fierce resistance to the project was put up by the town of Ixelles - then, as now, a separate commune (local authority) from the City of Brussels - through whose territory the avenue was to run. After years of fruitless negotiations, Brussels finally annexed the narrow band of land needed for the avenue plus the Bois de la Cambre itself in 1864. That decision accounts for the unusual shape of today's City of Brussels and for Ixelles being split in two separate parts.
They occupied numbers 347, 418, 453 and 510; initially their headquarters were in number 453, the "Résidence Belvédère".
On 20 January 1943, Jean de Sélys Longchamps, a Belgian (born in Brussels) who had become a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force, mounted a solo attack on the headquarters at number 453. Benefiting from the wide avenues, and the large height of the apartment block relative to the neighbouring buildings, he flew his Hawker Typhoon at a low altitude straight towards the building, firing the plane's 20mm cannons, before returning to England.
Following this attack, the SD moved their headquarters to number 347 Avenue Louise. The cellars at this address were used to detain and interrogate captured members of the Belgian resistance. The torture which took place here brought the name of Avenue Louise considerable infamy at the time.
A monument to Baron de Selys Longchamps now stands in front of 453 Avenue Louise.
- Louise Square, a crucial transportation nexus including a tramway and metro station. The Law Courts of Brussels are nearby.
- Stéphanie Square, another extremely busy square surrounded by luxury shops. The tree-bordered part of the avenue begins here.
- The Louise Tower, also known as the Generali Tower, one of the tallest office buildings in Brussels.
- The intersection with the Chaussée de Vleurgat / Vleurgatsteenweg (which leads downhill to the nearby Flagey Square) dominated by the Blue Tower skyscraper.
- The scenic King's Garden (Tuin van de Koning or Jardin du Roi), a garden descending toward the nearby Ixelles Ponds.
- Olivier Strebelle's 16-ton bronze sculpture "Le Phénix 44" which commemorates the anniversary of the liberation of Brussels, which stands athwart the roundabout at King's Garden.
- The Sélys Longchamps Square, which features several statues, the entrance to the La Cambre Abbey, and the massive IT Tower.
- A roundabout flanked by two twin neoclassical pavilions ending the avenue. Beyond it lies the Bois de la Cambre.
Tramway line 94 runs the entire length of the avenue, all on segregated track except in the short "goulet Louise" section.
The "Louise bottleneck":
The nearly-completed, vast tramway tunnel under the Louise bottleneck remains unused as of 2009. Various solutions to the traffic problem have been considered. One proposes pedestrianizing the whole segment, with trams running on the surface and only delivery vehicles authorized at certain hours. Another, much more costly, involves finishing the tunnel and diverting all trams underground.
JEWISH AND KOSHER BELGIUM:
- BRUSSELS ATTRACTIONS
- CHABAD CENTERS
- GANENU JEWISH-ISRAELI SCHOOL
- HILLEL & OTHER JEWISH STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
- HISTORY OF THE JEWS OF BELGIUM
- HOTELS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM A SYNAGOGUE
- JEWISH CAMPS
- JEWISH EDUCATION
- JEWISH LINKS
- JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS
- KASHRUT AUTHORITIES
- KOSHER FOOD & RESTAURANTS
- ON THE NET
- RABBI CHAIM KREISWIRTH, FORMER CHIEF RABBI OF ANTWERP, זצ"ל
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