Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Albertina in Brussels, Belgium

During our visit to Vienna, Austria last June 2007, I also saw a building named Albertina. As we visited Brussels in Belgium last August 2010, we also passed-by to a building that has a nicknamed Albertina. Who is Albertina anyway?

The Royal Library of Belgium whose nickname is Albertina, is considered to be one of the most important cultural institutions in Belgium. It is a library that dates back to the age of the Dukes of Burgundy. It is located in the downtown of Brussels near the Central Station.

The library owns several collections of historical importance, like the famous Fétis archives, and is the depository for all books ever published in Belgium or abroad by Belgian authors.

The library also houses the Center for American Studies, a new institute of higher learning established by the University of Antwerp, the Free University of Brussels, the University of Ghent, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, which is internationally accredited for delivering Master of Arts degrees in American Studies.

taken with a sony camera model DSC-W110 during our trip to Brussels last August 2010.

The library owns several collections of historical importance, like the famous Fétis archives, and is the depository for all books ever published in Belgium or abroad by Belgian authors.

The library also houses the Center for American Studies, a new institute of higher learning established by the University of Antwerp, the Free University of Brussels, the University of Ghent, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, which is internationally accredited for delivering Master of Arts degrees in American Studies. credit

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