Enclos des Fusilles

Also known as Ereperk der Gefusilleerden

Location
rue Colonel de Bourg
Schaarbeek, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Memorials 35 added (97% photographed)

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L'Enclos des Fusillés de Bruxelles or “The Brussels Shooting Enclosure” is a small cemetery located on Colonel Bourg Street in Schaerbeek which has 365 graves of the Resistance Fighters of the World War I and World War II. Many of these brave heroes have cenotaphs in this cemetery as at a later date, their bodies were removed by families and re-interred in cemeteries elsewhere. A marker with their names with death date remains in this cemetery. World War I original markers were placed in 1919, but destroyed by Nazis forces in 1940 then replaced after World War II. The cemetery is located on the very spot where the resistance fighters were shot by the Germans forces including British Red Cross Nurse Edith Cavell, Philippe Baucq, Belgium Red Cross Nurse Gabrielle Petit and Youra Livchitz. Every fourth Sunday in April, the National Event of Tribute to the survivors of the concentration camps and Nazi prisons is held at the Enclos des Fusillés, in the presence of the highest authorities of the country. The site has been classified as a Historical Site by the Brussels-Capital Region as of January 12, 1983. The cemetery was originally a rifle firing range for the national military. The complex consisted of an oblong building separated from the boulevard by a vast plain of 5 hectares, called the National Committee Square. In the rear were the shooting ranges. Designed in neo-medieval style, in brick and white stone, the building was equipped with an imposing central pavilion with turrets and dates back to 1890. The remaining war-torn building was demolished on April 29, 1963 for security reasons.

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GPS Coordinates: 50.85253, 4.40668

  • Added: 22 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #639545