Villa Chopin

Built: 1847

Visited: 2011

Halle, Belgium

The original owner of this villa was one of the best cellists of the 19th century, Adrien Servais. Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer was the architect of the villa. In 1847 he moved with his wife in this villa. Later, his son-in-law, a sculptor, made the bas-reliefs on the facade. The family received regular musicians and artists such as Franz Liszt, Antonin Rubinstein and Berthold Damcke. Also Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, well known for his virtuoso Nocturnes, Preludes, and Études, spent the night at the villa during one of his European tours.

1886

The cellist died in the 1960s, but his music is still performed all over the world. The family left the villa in 1886. Since than it was rebuild as a police station and later a school. In 1987, the villa became a protected monument. Today it is in a bad state, only the facade and the beautiful frescos in the hallway remind us of the rich history.

Photos Villa Chopin

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