Put on your headphones and listen to an audio tour that guides you through Schaerbeek. Some of the Beursschouwburg's various 'music walks' will lead you to the romantic Josaphat Park. M I M I and Fatoosan have created an audio track to accompany you on your walks with dreamy, compelling and exhilarating music and soundscapes.
With its 20 hectares of lawns, woods and ponds, Josaphat Park is Schaerbeek's green lung. The historic, southern part was laid out in the English style and makes good use of the difference in height there. Between the lawns you will find no less than three ponds. The park's ornamental trees, flowerbeds, rustic bridge over a romantic waterfall, rocks and sculptures give it the picturesque character of a pre-war park.
If you're not averse to a challenge, look for the various sculptures or busts of writers (Emile Verhaeren, Nestor de Tière, Hubert Krains, Albert Giraud and Georges Eekhoud) and artists (painters Léon Frédéric and Oswald Poreau and composer Henri Weyts). Other striking sculptures are 'L'Élageur' and 'Ève et le serpent' by Albert Desenfans; 'Cendrillon' by Edmond Lefever; 'Tijl Uilenspiegel' and 'Cariatide' by Eugène Canneel; 'La Maternité' by Maurice De Korte; the 'Philippe Baucq monument' by Jacques Nisot; 'Borée' by Joseph Van Hamme and of course the 'Edmond Galoppin monument' by Jean Lecroart, erected for the designer of the park.
Did you know?
The large sandpit and circular canopy in the northern part of the park behind Stade du Crossing is a reference to the 'beach' of Schaerbeek that used to be here, a pond with a sandy beach around it!