Karl Marx house - Brussels, Belgium
Along with other notable writers who have, at times, taken refuge in the capital of Belgium, long before I myself became a political refugee here, Karl Marx also made his home for a time in Brussels, along with other 19th century refugees, Alexandre Dumas and Charles Baudelaire. His residence here was during the key period of history 1845-1848, when Marx founded the international Communist organisations and also wrote the Communist Manifesto.

These are photos from the daily life of writer, journalist and political refugee from the US, Dr Les (Leslie) Sachs - These Flickr photos document my new beloved home city of Brussels, Belgium, my life among the people and Kingdom who have given me safety in the face of the threats to destroy me. Brussels has a noble history of providing a safe haven to other dissident refugee writers, such as Victor Hugo, Karl Marx, Charles Baudelaire, and Alexandre Dumas, and I shall forever be grateful that Brussels and Belgium have helped to protect my own life as well. I'm happy to help convey to the world some of Brussels' wonderful cultural heritage.

(To read about the efforts to silence me and my journalism, the attacks on me, the smears and the threats, see the website by European journalists 'About Les Sachs' linked in my Flickr profile, and press articles such as 'Two EU Writers Under Threat of Murder: Roberto Saviano and Dr Les Sachs'.)

So here is the 19th century home of another political refugee in Brussels, my fellow socialist - Karl Marx (though unlike Marx, I am myself a religious and spiritual man, and an evolved 'libertarian socialist' in my views, favouring a European-style social system. Though I think that Marx's ideas about the unstable 'crisis' nature of capitalism, certainly remain relevant today!)

The Karl Marx house, Brussels, Belgium

Maison de Karl Marx, Bruxelles, Belgique

Karl Marx huis, Brussel, België

Karl Marx haus, Brüssel, Belgien

Casa Karl Marx, Bruselas, Bélgica



Brussels is bi-lingual French and Dutch, so both the French and Dutch place names are given here.

Address of the Karl Marx house:

rue Jean D'Ardenne, 50, Ixelles, Bruxelles, Belgique

Jean D'Ardenne Straat, 50, Elsene, Brussel, België

The house where Karl Marx spent the last two of these years in Brussels, his main residence when he wrote the world-changing Manifesto, can be easily visited, in the Ixelles - Elsene neighbourhood.

It is the white townhouse you see prominently in these photos, taken on a typically overcast Brussels day.

If you are doing a Karl Marx tour of Brussels, you will also want to visit La Maison du Cygne (The House of the Swan) restaurant at Brussels' great old public square, the Grand'Place - Grote Markt, where Marx met with his comrades and discussed revolution.

Karl Marx's sojourn in Brussels came to a dramatic end. Just as Marx's epoch-shaping Communist Manifesto was completed and published, the Revolutions of 1848 were starting to shake Europe, and the young Belgian monarchy grew nervous about having the radical Marx in their midst. In early 1848, the King of Belgium ordered Karl Marx out of the country, Marx and his wife were detained by the Belgian police for 18 hours, and then Marx departed for Paris, to join the revolutionaries there.

The home of Karl Marx is now a building of residences and apartments, and there is also now a Yoga centre advertising there. The large red poster spoiling the old look of the place, is from the Yoga centre, not from the Communist Party. But a little higher, between the door and the window-box planter, there is a metal plaque honouring Karl Marx's past presence at this address in Brussels:

Cercle d'Histoire locale d'Ixelles
Ici vécut
Karl Marx
1846 - 1848

Ixelles Local History Society
Here lived Karl Marx, 1846 - 1848

The Karl Marx house is very easily accessible by foot and public transport. It is not far from Metro station Louise - Louiza (Place Louise - Louizaplein); from which you can walk, or take Tram 92, 94 or 97 south a few hundred metres, to the next stop at Place Stéphanie - Stefaniaplein. From there it is only about a five minute walk around a couple of corners, to rue Jean D'Ardenne - Jean D'Ardenne Straat, number 50.

At one end of the short street, there is a nice tiny park with benches, where you can sit and contemplate global revolution and the fate of the world.

The map with this Flickr photo set will show you how to walk to the Karl Marx house.
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